Belarus President Claims Ryanair Bomb Threat came From Switzerland

Belarus’s president insisted that the warnings about a bomb on the passenger plane came from Switzerland.

President Alexander Lukashenko said on Wednesday that Minsk air traffic control had passed on a warning of a bomb threat it received from Switzerland.

Belarusian officials previously said the threat came from Palestinian militant group Hamas, which has denied any involvement.

He also said the reaction to the incident showed Europe was acting with its domestic enemies to destabilize Belarus.

“As we predicted, ill-wishers from outside and inside the country, have changed their methods of attacking us,” he said. 

“They have crossed many red lines and crossed the boundaries of common sense and human morality,” he added.

Officials in Minsk previously claimed the bomb warning came from Palestinian group Hamas.

However, the Swiss government said it had “no knowledge” of any bomb threat and had not been in contact with Minsk.

“The Swiss authorities have no knowledge of a bomb threat on the Ryanair Athens-Vilnius flight,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. 

“Therefore, there have been no announcements from the Swiss authorities to the Belarusian authorities on this matter.”

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