EU summit to discuss Belarus sanctions after ‘state-sponsored hijacking’ of passenger plane

European Union leaders will discuss retaliatory measures against Belarus at a summit dinner on Monday night, after the country’s president Alexander Lukashenko scrambled a jet fighter to force a Ryanair RYAAY, -0.13%   RYA, -1.13% flight carrying a dissident journalist to land in Minsk on Sunday.

  • The Irish plane was on a regular flight from Athens, Greece, to Vilnius, Lithuania, and was forced to land by Belarusian authorities after a bomb scare, later ruled a false alarm, was triggered by some passengers.