Belarus Defense Ministry confirms MiG-29 sent to intercept Ryanair plane, cites bomb threat

Chief of the General Staff and First Deputy Commander of the Air Force and Air Defense Command Major General Andrei Gurtsevich has commented on the incident.REUTERSREUTERS

The Defense Ministry of Belarus has confirmed a MiG-29 fighter jet has been sent to escort a Ryanair plane, which reportedly requested a landing at Minsk National Airport over a possible bomb threat.

This was announced by stated by Chief of the General Staff and First Deputy Commander of the Air Force and Air Defense Command Major General Andrei Gurtsevich on Telegram on May 23.

“Having received a report that in our country’s airspace, there is a civil aircraft facing a possible bomb threat, the Central Air Operations Control Center ordered that the air defense forces on duty be placed on alert. This was done to assess the situation and make the right decision in the future,” he said in a statement.

“After the commander of that civilian aircraft decided to land at an alternate airfield (Minsk-2) and ordered the aircraft to be diverted in the direction of Minsk, a decision was made to scramble a MiG-29 on duty from Baranovichi airfield. The crew on duty was tasked to exercise control and, if necessary, provide assistance so that the civilian aircraft could make a safe landing at the Minsk-2 airfield,” he said.

Forced landing of Ryanair plane and Roman Protasevich’s arrest

  • On May 23, 2021, a Ryanair plane flying en route from Athens, Greece, to Vilnius, Lithuania, was diverted and forced to land at Minsk airport, Belarus. After landing, the country’s authorities arrested co-founder of the opposition channel NEXTA on Telegram, Roman Protasevich, who was on board the plane.
  • Roman Protasevich is a former editor-in-chief of NEXTA, which covered recent mass protests against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko.
  • The Belarusian authorities put Protasevich on the international wanted list and designated him a “terrorist.” He had to flee the country for fear of political persecution.
  • Leader of the Belarusian opposition Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (Svetlana Tikhanovskaya) responded to the forced landing of the plane with co-founder of NEXTA Roman Protasevich and his arrest at Minsk airport. “The regime forced the landing Ryanair plane in Minsk to arrest journalist and activist Raman Pratasevich. He faces the death penalty in Belarus. We demand immediate release of Raman, ICAO investigation, and sanctions against Belarus,” she said on Twitter on May 23.
  • There were immediate reports that Lukashenko had sent a MiG-29 fighter jet to intercept the Ryanair plane with the ex-chief editor of NEXTA on board.

Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/world/protasevich-s-arrest-belarus-defense-ministry-confirms-mig-29-sent-to-intercept-ryanair-plane-11429884.html

(C)UNIAN 2021

7 comments

  • англійський масон

    I totally believe it.

    Also that it was pure coincidence that Protasevich was aboard.

    I’m sure that the immigration authorities were as surprised as all of us.

    Liked by 7 people

  • Belarusian KGB officers were on board to force the pilot to say ‘there is a bomb aboard!.

    Liked by 6 people

    • That also means there is KGB in Greece. Of course, we know they are everywhere but perhaps Greece didn’t realize it. Hopefully our Greek friends will not tolerate international terrorism happening in their territory. Part of an proper response is for all EU and NATO countries to expel all “diplomatic” staff possible from their embassies and consulates. For at least a year.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    This is so obviously a false flag operation by Belarus.
    But, I’m afraid that there will not be any consequences for this airline piracy. The international community will be upset by this and blow some hot air and then it will eventually fade away like a wisp of smoke.

    Liked by 6 people

    • I think you’re right but likely there will be no flights over Belarus and perhaps some sanctions against the former dictator and current Putin dildo Lukashenko. Funny they will sanction the hell out of Putin’s buttplug but won’t even consider sanctions against insane Putin.

      Liked by 5 people

      • onlyfactsplease

        That’s very true. They are like dumbass morons trying to put out a blazing fire with squirt guns instead of blasting it with a hose fit for the job.

        Liked by 3 people

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