Citizens of Iraq, Syria and Yemen wishing to travel to Belarus from airports in Turkey will not be allowed to do so, as the Turkish Civil Aviation Authority has suspended sales of airline tickets to these areas after migrants and refugees are hesitant on this route. Attempt to enter the European Union.
“Due to the problem of illegal border crossings between the European Union and Belarus, it has been decided not to allow citizens of Iraq, Syria and Yemen who wish to travel to Belarus from Turkish airports to purchase tickets and board the plane until further notice,” reads the statement published by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, according to reports. TheSchengen.com.
Recently, several EU leaders urged airlines not to bring more people from the Middle East to the Belarusian capital in order to prevent another EU migration crisis.
This situation has led the Turkish Civil Aviation Authority to freeze ticket sales until further notice.
In recent months, a large number of migrants and refugees have been able to reach EU countries by illegally crossing the borders of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, although many have been denied entry or turned back.
At present, a large number of people are stranded on the Polish-Belarusian border, facing difficult conditions.
Humanitarian organizations have pointed the finger at the Polish authorities for violating the international right to asylum by returning people to Belarus rather than accepting their applications for protection. On the other hand, the authorities in Poland claim that their actions are legal.
During the general debate held on Wednesday, November 10, the EU Parliament members stressed that the EU must stand united with regard to the Belarusian system, considering such a system an inhumane exploitation of migrants.
European Union leaders have previously accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of causing obstruction within the bloc. The statements of the European Union leaders came after the influx of migrants in Poland.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen recently called on EU leaders to agree to extend sanctions against Belarus and other countries’ airlines.
Tensions escalated between the European Union and Belarus after Lukashenko forced a passenger plane to deviate and land to arrest journalist Roman Protasevic.
Due to the landing of Ryanair’s flight, Belarus also faced sanctions, which EU authorities have recently urged to expand. However, Lukashenko warned on Thursday that the new sanctions would face a response, including cutting off the transport of natural gas to Europe, as reported by France 24.