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Former Justice Minister Calls For EU To Match UK's Response To Belarus

The British government have advised flights to avoid Belarussian airspace.

The EU needs to react strongly to Belarus with sanctions being considered, according to Taoiseach Micheál Martin. 

A number of countries are pushing for Belarussian flights to be banned from EU airspace after a Ryanair flight was grounded in Minsk in order to arrest a journalist. 

EU leaders are meeting in Brussels this evening where the issue will now be high on the agenda. 

Taoiseach Micheál Martin says the bloc has to act:

Former Justice Minister Laois/Offaly TD Charlie Flanagan says incidents like this cannot be allowed to happen within the EU:

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