In accordance with the decision of the European Union to ban the use of airspace over the European Union by Belarusian airlines, as well as the landing of their aircraft at EU airports, Greece also closed the sky over its territory.
This decision is part of a package of sanctions imposed by the European Union against Belarus in connection with the forced landing at the Minsk airport of a Ryanair plane to arrest a pro-government journalist who was on that flight.
Control over the ban approved by all countries is entrusted to the governments of the countries of the European Union. Many of them are NATO members with the ability to use military aircraft to reliably protect their skies from unwanted air traffic.
According to TASS, Greek airlines are ordered to avoid flights over Belarus, and Belarusian airlines are prohibited from landing at Greek airports. The ban does not apply to humanitarian flights and cases when landing is forced. The measures are valid until July 5, then the decision will be reviewed. The message from the Greek Civil Aviation Authority says:
The NOTAM, which is valid until July 5, 2021, follows the decision of the European Union to ban Belarusian airlines from flying into EU airspace or landing at its airports. EU airlines are advised to avoid the airspace of Belarus.