Friday, November 4 2016 20:20 EET
Ukraine
Audio record became public with alleged Ukrainian air traffic controller threat to Belavia aircraft to scramble jet fighters
Audio record, Ukraine, air traffic controller, threat, Belavia, aircraft,  jet fighters, SBU, Armen Martirosyan,  Kyiv's Zhuliany airport, Minsk,

An audio recording with an alleged threat by a Ukrainian air traffic controller to scramble jet fighters if a Belavia Belarusian Airlines passenger plane did not return to Kyiv's Zhuliany airport is available on YouTube.

The audio features a conversation between an air traffic controller with the crew of the aircraft, as well as negotiations of the pilots in the cockpit, UNIAN reports.

 The SBU on October 21 ordered a Belavia passenger plane heading from Kyiv's Zhuliany airport for Minsk to U-turn. The Ukrainian side was reported to be threatening the Belarusian aircraft with scrambling jet fighters, but the SBU denied the involvement.

It was later revealed that the SBU's man of interest was an Armenian citizen Armen Martirosyan, who lives in Moscow, working for Russian media outlets. Known as a stern critic of the Euromaidan revolution, Martirosyan has already claimed he would sue the Ukrainian side for being taken off the plane.