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May 31, 2021

Ryanair Bomb Threat In Belarus - 'Western' Media Narrative Disagrees With The Facts

There is still a bit more to learn about the Ryanair flight 4978 from Greece to Lithuania which on May 23 diverted to Minsk after a bomb thread against the plane had been received by several regional airports.

The west has waged a media war over the case claiming that Belarus had invented the bomb threat to capture a Belorussian dissident who was on board. However it is clear that the bomb threat happened and that Belarus acted on it by the book. The quick implementation of a deceiving western narrative leads me to believe that the bomb threat was initiated by those who oppose Belarus. It was probably managed by one of those British narrative managers who also wrote the books for the Skripal and Navalny Novichok dramas.

But there are few actual facts to support the narrative. Its 'truth' must thus be constructed by bending the facts to fit the intended story.

An example is this Reuters report which was published on Friday:

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Belarusian air traffic control refused a request by a Ryanair pilot to contact the airline after being told of an alleged bomb threat, leaving him with no alternative but to land in Minsk, the Irish carrier said in a letter seen by Reuters.

Belarus scrambled a warplane on Sunday and used the bomb alert, which turned out to be fictitious, to divert the flight, which was en route from Greece to Lithuania. When it landed in Minsk, a dissident journalist and his girlfriend were arrested.

In a letter to the Belarus transport ministry dated May 26, Ryanair Chief Executive described previous correspondence from Belarusian officials as "false and inaccurate" and said the plane had been "unlawfully diverted under false pretences".

"The pilot in command was left with no alternative but to divert to Minsk, when he was advised by Minsk ATC (Air Traffic Control) that there was a credible bomb threat to the aircraft, yet Minsk ATC refused to contact Ryanair, falsely claimed that Ryanair Ops would not answer the phone," the letter said.

The claims in bold are misleading or false.They are not supported by facts but fit the intended narrative.

A day earlier Reuters had published what it called excerpts from the transcript of the radio traffic between the Air Traffic Controller and the airplane. There is nothing in it about a refusal of a request by the Ryanair pilot to contact the airline.

Even in the complete transcript of the radio traffic, published by the Belorussian air authority, there is no request by the pilot to contact the airline.

Instead the pilot is asking the ATC to tell him the radio frequency for Ryanair company traffic. The ATC back office took a while to find it but after a few minutes the frequency was found and submitted to the plane:

Pilot: 09:34:49: Radar, RYR 1TZ.
Pilot: Could you give us frequency for (unreadable) company so that we would be able to (unreadable).
ATC: RYR 1TZ say again what frequency do you need.
Pilot: We just need to quawk with the operation of the company, if there any frequency for that (unreadable).
ATC. Do you need RYR operation frequency?
Pilot: That is correct 1TZ.
ATC: Standby please.
Pilot: 09:39:30: RYR 1TZ Any adverts?
ATC: RYR 1TZ Standby, waiting for the information.
ATC: 09.42.49: RYR 1TZ we have ground stuff frequency for Vilnius 131.750
Pilot. 131.75 and we have contact...(unreadable).

The above passages are not in the Reuters transcript excerpts.

The Lithuanian police questioned the pilot after the plane had reached Vilnius, its regular destination:

Those questioned include the captain of the aircraft who "made the decision [to change course to Minsk] after consulting Ryanair's management", according to [Rolandas Kiškis, head of the Criminal Police Bureau].

The ATC did not refuse any pilot request. Reuters is completely wrong in that. The ATC helped the pilot when he needed the frequency. The pilot then talked with his airline management and four minutes later decided to divert the plane to Minsk.

The "alleged bomb threat" was of course a real one even when it later turned out that there was no bomb on the plane. The bomb threat was not invented but received by multiple parties including in Lithuania. All such bomb threats against airplanes are taken seriously as they should be. There were more than 100 lives at risk. 

But that the threat indeed existed at that time does not fit the Reuters narrative. 

Now to the "scrambled a warplane ... to divert the flight" part which is also a lie. There was no warplane in the air when the pilot made his decision to divert the plane.

The Ryanair flight entered the airspace of Belarus at 9:30 utc and was immediately contacted by the ATC and informed of the bomb threat. Belarus launched a warplane only after the pilot, at 9:47 utc, declared Mayday and announced his intention to divert to Minsk:

Pilots of the Ryanair flight that made an emergency landing in Belarus after a bomb threat could have landed in Vilnius but opted to fly to Minsk, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey said in an interview with the Kommersant daily on Sunday.

"If the crew had opted to land in Vilnius, they could have easily cross the border and land in Vilnius. But they took a different decision and a fighter jet was scrambled after that to escort the plane," he said.
"First, a bomb threat was received and then air traffic controllers warned the crew. As was already said, it took 14 minutes for the crew to take a decision. They were holding talks both with the Ryanair executives and with the Vilnius airport. Notably, our military say that no fighter jet was in the air at that moment."

That the MIG was launched only after the Ryanair pilot had made his decision has previously also been claimed by President Lukashenko:

Belarus is accused of sending a fighter jet in order to allegedly force the passenger plane to land. Aleksandr Lukashenko dismissed the insinuations as an absolute lie. The MIG-29 was scrambled in accordance with the established procedure of the air defense forces and in order to ensure the safety of the flight. “It had to make sure that the aircraft with possible explosives on board (that was how we perceived it until we examined it) stayed on course. If something went wrong, the MIG-29 should have given the coordinates to our rescuers (helicopters first of all), who should have instantly arrived at the crash site. More importantly, this jet should have provided communication between the aircraft and the air traffic controllers if necessary. In case of any problems with landing, the jet was instructed to lead the plane to the Minsk airport runway,” the head of state said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko added that the Belarusian fighter jet was scrambled after the passenger plane decided to land in Minsk and turned towards the Belarusian capital. “They should have thanked us for that. We had to do what we did to ensure safety in the air and most importantly on the ground. We did everything we could to save people,” he stressed.

I have seen lots of claims in western media that Belarus scrambled the fighter jet in order to divert the plane but no timeline or detail that would support that sequence exists. Belarus says the fighter plane was launched because the plane decided to divert. The Belorussian version makes way more sense than the media claim. There is nothing about a military jet in the radio transcript and none of the passengers that were interviewed claimed to have seen one.

Lukashenko also said this:

In the case with the Athens-Vilnius flight a bomb threat came from abroad - from Switzerland, the president said. The message was sent to the airports of Athens, Vilnius and Minsk simultaneously. Belarus promptly communicated the information to the crew of the plane in accordance with international rules.

There have been reports that no threat email was received in Athens but Lukashenko does not claim that it had been received. He says the email had been sent to three addresses simultaneously and that Belarus acted after receiving it. We know from the anti-Russian Dossier Center that Lithuania received the first threat email at 12:25 local time (9:25 utc). We know that a later second email with the same bomb threat was sent to Minsk.

The Lukashenko interview was published on May 26. He says that Minsk received the first email at 12:25 and acted on it. On May 27 the Swiss mail provider ProtonMail, used by the threat sender, made the claim that Minsk did not receive the first threat email. It continues to make that claim, which makes no sense, but is unwilling to explain what it is based on.

The ProtonMail claim is feeding the intended anti-Belarus narrative. That is probably its whole purpose.

Now on to the quote from the Ryanair letter: "Minsk ATC refused to contact Ryanair, falsely claimed that Ryanair Ops would not answer the phone".

The claim is a reference to the report on the incident published by the Aviation Department of Belarus which indeed seems to be wrong. It says:

Before this, the Minsk ACC Supervisor tried several times to call the representative office of Ryanair in Lithuania using the phone number provided by the aircraft crew, but he could not manage to contact any of the airline representatives.

There is no part in the radio transcript, which was published by the Aviation Department together with the above narrative, where the pilot provides a phone number for a Ryanair office. An air control offices should have flight operation contact numbers for all those airlines which regularly fly through its airspace on file.

The aviation administration of Belarus should clarify that point.

There are five major claims made in that one Reuters piece which are demonstratively false. They all support a false narrative. They all put Belarus into a bad light.

Meanwhile the only real information in the piece, about that Ryanair letter, turns out to be about a minor error in a report. Someone had a wrong phone number? Someone was not at his desk when the phone rang? It should be easy to clear that up. 

Previous Moon of Alabama post on the Ryanair incident in Belarus:

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Posted by: jinn | Jun 2 2021 12:51 utc | 101

I think the problem is that when money is just little magnetic dots in a computer, the guy who owns the computer can make more any time he wants. When money correlates (at least) with something real, that puts limits on it. You could not have enough of it.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jun 2 2021 14:51 utc | 101

@Hoarsewhisperer | Jun 2 2021 14:32 utc | 102
Argument from authority is a fallacy. I have read more than most about that day, no the NIST claims are not plausible. I will not make this a long 911 debate, but the argument that two planes disintegrated 3 skyscrapers is absurd, and that is just the start of a long list of other absurdities.

It's also easy to forget that if thousands of real engineers disagreed with NIST's conclusions, they could've and would've objected and demanded a proper investigation. But they accepted the findings as logical and genuine.

Scientific questions are not decided by counting heads. People forget what they want to forget, like you do here. What you say is also false.

A Structural Reevaluation of the Collapse of World Trade Center 7

The principal conclusion of our study is that fire did not cause the collapse of WTC 7 on 9/11, contrary to the conclusions of NIST and private engineering firms that studied the collapse. The secondary conclusion of our study is that the collapse of WTC 7 was a global failure involving the near-simultaneous failure of every column in the building.

"It's (apparently) easy to forget that it wasn't necessary for WTC to collapse in order to justify the Fake War On Terror."

You are confusing the motives with what actually happened. For sure there were motives to initiate the fake war on terror. But I am talking about what physically happened that day, what is physically possible, and for sure it wasn't caused by airplanes.

This thread is not about 911, so I will leave it at that.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jun 2 2021 15:22 utc | 102

@ max.. thanks for your comments, in particular @90 where you make a personal statement... i like your forthrightness.. thanks to others who have commented on the topic of finances... i think it is extremely important too.. people need to be talking and asking questions on this topic a whole lot more...

Posted by: james | Jun 2 2021 15:59 utc | 103

Following Patrushev's remarks that Russia will respond asymmetrically to further harsh sanctions that in reality are acts of war, today we have Sergey Chemezov, the CEO of Rostec, the country's main technology conglomerate, saying close to the same thing:

"They have done everything possible to make life difficult. Very tough sanctions are, in fact, war. And we must be, of course, prepared for [war]."

IMO, this escalation in rhetoric is aimed at making certain things clear prior to the upcoming Summit. It's similar to the Chinese lecture delivered to Blinken in Alaska that the Outlaw US Empire can no longer dictate to China from a position of strength. The ongoing financial and social crises within the Empire are actually rather dire, but few really understand the actual gravity given the many years of falsified data--Enron Accounting for those who recall that episode--and lack of socio-economic progress with genuine GDP declining yearly for decades. Words from 1% insider Stephen Roach, former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia:

"[In January said] the dollar’s crash is only just beginning. [W]hy in the world would you own dollar debt?"

Neoliberalism's finally chocking on its own excesses, and the Russia/China Partnership will no longer accommodate its bullying and manipulation of other nations as pawns. I'm certain that more will be said at this years SPIEF, which begins today, as both Putin and Lavrov are scheduled to speak.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 2 2021 16:03 utc | 104

It must be noted that the Ryan Air event provided the political cover for the Outlaw US Empire to cancel its participation in this years SPIEF, a decision announced two days ago. Here's Putin's welcoming words to this year's participants:

"It’s clear that we cannot effectively counter global challenges and provide conditions for sustainable development without building up equal and constructive cooperation between members of the world community and expanding multifaceted business ties. We have been carrying out such work for a long time within the Eurasian Economic Union, promoting the principles of free trade and the mutually beneficial exchange of investments and technologies. Our country is interested in closer economic, scientific, and technical cooperation with partners in other regions. We are ready to share our experience in such areas as healthcare and digitalization, improve telecommunications, energy, and transport infrastructure, and work together on the most important aspects of the environmental and climate agenda."

Qatar has the coveted guest nation status with a special pavilion and presentations. For those interested, this links to SPIEF's official magazine, while the link @106 is to this year's program.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 2 2021 16:25 utc | 105

Thanks, karlof1 @ 106, 107. Good news, and good to have you back!

Posted by: juliania | Jun 2 2021 16:48 utc | 106

Stonebird | Jun 2 2021 11:32 utc | 98

I appreciate your perspective, thanks. The Global Financial Syndicate is resourceful, ruthless, and relentless in reaching its dream of a global empire. We can safely assume that it has been working on creating MULTIPLE systems to control money, minerals, manufacturing, media, military, distribution,... They form its pillars of power, the “Ring of Power.” It wants to rule the world, like Sauron.

"Democracy" is a temporary phase of history which allows the Global Financial Syndicate to take control from the earlier generation of dominant power players: the monarchies. The fact is that most democracies are a suzerainty externally and an Animal Farm internally. This SYNDICATE has been defining the socioeconomic system of its vassals and coordinating their development through various groups, such as Bilderberg, CFR, Pilgrims... It works through Kleptocrats in each vassal countries. After a revolution or default it plays an active role in establishing the new Oligarchy like it did in Russia. If America fails then it will restructure to install new oligarchs. After every stock market correction (bubble bust), it consolidates market power in its chosen oligarchs. Who are those oligarchs in America?

Yes, ‘The resources no longer "back-up" a currency.’ RESOURCES act as a demand driver for the currency, like petrodollars. Also, access to resources enable the Global Financial Syndicate to control its suzerainties and their development. Money is the oxygen supply and resources are the blood supply in the Empire’s sphere.

“So we end up with the Military solution, don't we?” (Stonebird @98). Geopolitical relationships are frosty & flammable. The probability of this war scenario continues to increase, compared to the scenarios of strategic competition and decoupling (two spheres of supply chains with respective strategic flows). However, if China & Russia refuse to trade in the US$ then they gain an advantage and will be better prepared for war too. Until the dollar is used as the world reserve currency, the Financial Empire is in an advantageous position. Any nation using the US$ for the international trade is a suzerainty of the Dollar Empire and enabling monetary imperialism.

LUCK challenges might! The Financial Empire is being challenged by LUCK and many of its plans are failing. It will be interesting if Sauron, Saruman and Orcs are defeated!

Posted by: Max | Jun 2 2021 17:08 utc | 107

Posted by: Max | Jun 2 2021 17:08 utc | 109

"It will be interesting if Sauron, Saruman and Orcs are defeated!"

Gimmmeeee the ring of power it's mine. Shining bright and does strange things to the mind.

Maybe we are living in a "b" film script after all.

As you say - they have many different ways to arrive at the same conclusion - they hope. But LUCK is a lady, and she can be tempted by a shiny ring if it gleams like (enough) gold.

Posted by: Stonebird | Jun 2 2021 17:41 utc | 108

jinn | Jun 2 2021 12:51 utc | 101

We can safely state that the majority (90+%) of the money is created by the private banks. The percentage number can be 99.999% too, but that is immaterial, as we get the big picture right, majority or MOST... The Financial Empire’s mainstream media distracts us by always talking about the Fed, and not mentioning the creation of money by the private banks.

A good explanation of the monetary system comes from Martin Wolf (he is a Bilderberger), the chief economics editor at the Financial Times. He says "the essence of the contemporary monetary system is the creation of money, out of nothing, by private banks, often foolish lending." He has been outspoken at various monetary conferences in raising issues of the failing and falling monetary system. Here he openly calls for, “Strip private banks of their power to create money.”

“Banks create deposits as a byproduct of their lending. In the UK, such deposits make up about 97 per cent of the money supply. Some people object that deposits are not money but only transferable private debts. Yet the public views the banks’ imitation money as electronic cash: a safe source of purchasing power.”
– Martin Wolf

Here is another good article on how our monetary system works.

Our banking system is out of control, no question here. The SHADOW BANKING system is now bigger that the regulatory banking system, “shadow banking has grown into a massive $52 trillion industry, a 75 percent increase since 2010. With little information about the risks these firms have taken over the past decade, there’s no telling how deep the problems might go.”

There are very interesting characteristics of the banking system and the reserve currency, which enables it to grow exponentially and become a big barrier to change. However, the average life of a reserve currency is around 94 years (80-110 yrs). What does this means for the US$?

The important questions that everyone needs to be asking in their nation are:
– How is money created and money supply allocated in our nation?
– How much TOTAL money & DEBT have been created this year, last year, this presidential term, this decade, last decade and the last century?
– Why the production and allocation of money by the private banks?
– Why are central banks PRIVATE or autonomous? What does the constitution say about who creates money?
– Why do many not question the fact, that the nation’s money supply being in the hands of private coterie is effectively prima facie evidence that the administration is already under the thumb of the private Money Power?
– Why should a small private clans of people (Money Power - Global Financial Syndicate) profit by renting humanity its money supply?

Unless, we start asking good questions and demanding answers, we won’t get a positive change. Question everything...

“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.”

Posted by: Max | Jun 2 2021 18:08 utc | 109

It's also easy to forget that if thousands of real engineers disagreed with NIST's conclusions, they could've and would've objected and demanded a proper investigation. But they accepted the findings as logical and genuine.

Says, who???? YOU????

Scientists and Engineers for 9/11 Truth have never drunk the kool-aid.... They have always insisted the official narrative was false.

Same for the pilots...

FYI the VNG for Boeing commercial aircraft at 500 ft altitude is 350 mph....

No way any Boeing aircraft flew into buildings at 500 mph...

Then there is the not so small problem of 3 of the planes lying in the desert being scrapped..

How do you explain that shamus????

In case you haven't got the message... NO ONE BELIEVES THE OFFICIAL NARRATIVE!!!

Most definitely not the taliban... nor the Iraquis.... nor the Iranians....


Posted by: George W Oprisko | Jun 2 2021 23:14 utc | 110

The map - detailing the Ryanair Flight over Belarus indicates the plane was preparing to leave Belarussian airspace when it diverted to Minsk.

If, as is indicated above, the pilot was informed of the threat when his aircraft ENTERED Belarussian airspace, he had the time to go take the proverbial 'dump' - and speak to Jack Ryan himself - before diverting to Minsk.

Maybe he's a victim of (the pentagon's new) Foo Fighters!

Posted by: Kevin Quinn | Jun 4 2021 15:42 utc | 111

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