Belarusian airline Belavia announced today that, at the request of the Turkish authorities, it will not allow citizens of Iraq, Syria and Yemen to board its flights from Turkey.
Belavia announced that the decision will take effect today, according to the Belarusian news agency.
“According to a decision of the competent Turkish authorities, from 12.11.2021 citizens of Iraq, Syria, Yemen will not be accepted to be transported by flights from Turkey to Belarus,” a statement posted on the Belavia website said.
The European Union (EU) says Belarus is encouraging thousands of people fleeing war-torn parts of the world to try to cross the border and could impose new sanctions on Minsk and airlines carrying migrants on Monday.
Belavia, which has been banned from flying over the European Union since being hijacked earlier this year, continues to fly to destinations such as Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Armenia, Georgia and Georgia. , Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan.
At the same time, according to Turkish media, Turkish Airlines will no longer accept Syrian and Iraqi nationals on its flights to Minsk, except for holders of diplomatic passports, said on Thursday Jakub Kumoch, head of the Presidential Office of International Politics in Poland and former Turkish .
His statement comes after allegations that Turkish Airlines was transporting migrants to Belarus amid an immigration crisis there.
Rejecting the allegations as “unfounded”, the airline said that Turkish Airlines flights to Belarus do not in any way help illegal immigration.
* Poland: Security forces at the highest level on the border with Belarus are on high alert
* Lukashenko threatens: Belarus “will respond” to new European sanctions
* Erdogan-Lukashenko set up new “Evro” on Polish border – EU prepares sanctions on Turkish Airlines
Source From: Capital