Mitsotakis: EU must impose sanctions against Belarus

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

"European leaders must agree at the summit that there will be clear and severe sanctions that will leave no room for Belarus to question our unity and determination," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an interview with the Financial Times, referring to the arrest of journalist Roman Protasevich in Minsk after Belarussian authorities forced a Ryanair flight from Athens to land there, interrupting its journey to Vilnius.

The prime minister stressed that the EU’s failure to show a united front on foreign affairs should not be repeated in the case of the "unacceptable aggression" by Belarus.

"The forced landing of a passenger plane with the aim of illegally detaining a political opponent and a journalist is absolutely reprehensible and constitutes an unacceptable offensive action that cannot be tolerated," Mitsotakis said.

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