EU Sanctions Belarus For Arresting Journalist In Ryanair ‘hijacking’

Matt Rojansky:
            Just a few causes.

To begin with, Protasevich has been in exile. He has had a suspended sentence or sentence in absentia of 12 years for alleged terrorism in opposition to him for a while. So, this isn't new.

However within the final a number of months, within the aftermath of the stolen August presidential election, which resulted in lots of of 1000's of individuals popping out of the streets of Minsk, the Telegram channel, the information service Nexta, which Protasevich co-founded and has been instrumental in reporting on what's truly taking place in Belarus, this has been considered as a nationwide safety risk, a risk to the regime by the Lukashenko authorities in Minsk.

And so the chance to snag this political opponent clearly was too tempting for them.
        
            
                
            Matt Rojansky:
            Properly, it is fascinating in a few respects.

One, it's proportionate, within the sense that it is responding by way of business air journey, which is the place the violation was achieved. It is a violation of fundamental rules of economic air journey, freedom of navigation, et cetera, that this airplane was downed underneath false pretenses for political causes. And the E.U. is responding in that dimension.

Second, it is successfully isolating Belarus, as a result of this can be a landlocked nation, surrounded by E.U. members and Ukraine, which in fact, is probably going, I feel, to go together with the E.U. on this after which solely has an Japanese border with Russia. And so this in impact doubles down on the political place that Lukashenko was in after his crackdown,

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