The Belarusian authorities released the minutes of the conversation between an air traffic controller at Minsk Airport and a pilot of the Ryanair plane on Tuesday before the plane was forced to arrest a dissident, Roman Protasevich, in the Belarusian capital.
“We have information from the security services that they have a bomb on board that could explode over Vilnius,” says the air traffic controller and recommends the plane land in Minsk for “security reasons”. This is evident from the text published on the department’s website of the aviation of the Belarusian Ministry of Transport, recorded by the Sputnik news agency.
Next, the pilot asks where the bomb warning came from, to which the controller replied that an email was received from airport security. In the same way, it will tell you that other airports have received the same mail.
In this regard, the pilot is interested in who gives the recommendation to send the plane to Minsk if the airline, the departure airport -Atenas- or the arrival airport -Vilna-. The controller replies that “it is our recommendation”. The pilot then agrees to “divert the plane to Minsk Airport”.
The Belarusian authorities have defended the legality of the diversion for the past two days, claiming that there is a risk of bombing on board. The notice allegedly signed by Hamas, which has already denied its involvement, was sent to Minsk Airport calling on the European Union to stop supporting Israel or to detonate a bomb that was found in the Belarusian Ministry of Defense on the Irish airline’s plane Vilnius was planted transport.
Belarusian authorities dispatched a MiG-29 fighter to escort the plane and arrested Protasevich and his girlfriend, Russian national Sofía Sapega, during its forced layover in Minsk.
The majority of the international community – with the exception of allied countries like Russia – distrust this version, claiming it was all a plot to arrest Protasevich, who has pending cases in Belarus.