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Following The Arrest Of A Journalist, Russia Has Blocked Flights That Fly Around Belarus.
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Following The Arrest Of A Journalist, Russia Has Blocked Flights That Fly Around Belarus.


After the Belarusian government forced a plane to land and then arrested a prominent opposition journalist, Russia has barred flights from other countries that avoid Belarusian airspace while traveling to Russia.

Journalist Raman Pratasevich was arrested on Sunday after Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko ordered a fighter jet to intercept the 123-person passenger plane Pratasevich was on, forcing it to land in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, where Pratasevich and his girlfriend were detained.

The plane was forced to land due to a bomb threat, according to Belarusian authorities, but no explosives were found.

European Union leaders quickly agreed to sanction Belarus, including barring the country's airlines from using EU airspace, and President Joe Biden joined international leaders in calling for sanctions against Belarus.

“The United States joins countries all over the world in calling for his release, as well as the release of the hundreds of political prisoners wrongfully detained by the Lukashenko regime,” Biden said.

However, as the United States and Europe have promised not to fly into Belarusian airspace, Russia, a key ally of Belarus, has begun denying entry to flights that have avoided Belarus to get there. On Wednesday, Air France cancelled multiple Paris-Moscow flights after Russia refused to approve new routes that would have bypassed Belarus.

According to the BBC, Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Lukashenko in Sochi on Friday to discuss the ongoing situation.

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