Russia will lend $ 500 million to neighboring Belarus (about 410 million euros) as the European Union and the United States prepare to impose sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko’s regime, after the Ryanair was hijacked to arrest an opponent of the plane. The Belarusian system, Financial Times reports.
It is decided to finance Belarus after a summit between the two heads of state, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, in Sochi, on Saturday. Putin also agreed to increase the number of flights between the two countries, after several airlines stopped operating their flights to Belarus.
Putin has shown himself to be an ally of Lukashenko in the face of tighter positions in the European Commission and the US administration of Joe Biden. Indeed, in Sochi, the Russian president made sure to include a yacht trip across the Black Sea on the summit agenda with his Belarusian counterpart.
The European Commission has banned the state airline of Belarus Belavia is one of the airports in the 27 member states and has pledged to impose additional sanctions on Lukashiko ‘country. Biden announced Friday that the United States will again impose sanctions on nine Belarusian public companies.