Russia: Plane carried radar equipment

2012-10-12 22:12

Moscow - The Syrian plane intercepted by Turkey this week on a flight from Moscow was carrying a legal cargo of radar equipment, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

"This cargo is electrical technical equipment for radar stations, this is dual-purpose equipment but is not forbidden by any international conventions," Lavrov said in the Russian government's first public remarks about the nature of the cargo.

"The plane contained cargo that a legal Russian supplier delivered legally to a legal client," Lavrov said in televised remarks, speaking after a meeting of the Russian security council chaired by President Vladimir Putin.

"There were no weapons on board of this plane, nor could there have been."

The Kremlin said the council meeting discussed the situation in Syria, among other issues.

  • tim.v.wyk - 2012-10-12 22:57

    The 'gremlin' said....'radar' equipment designed to find the designated target...but no ammunitions!

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-13 00:03

      Brilliant logic! Do you know that any cop on the road can arrest you for possessing an illegal weapon as the GPRS device can also be classified as a radar.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-12 23:00

    These stupid Turks are going to be left with egg on their faces.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-12 23:02

      Right on Fidel!!

      sterling.ferguson.5 - 2012-10-12 23:06

      Not with F-16s that's the plane the apartheid tried to buy from the US.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-12 23:24

      One more word about the apartheid and i will throw up! What THIS has to do with the subject?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-12 23:26

      The only people with egg on their face and a large vacuous space between their ears and center of their chests ate Fidel and Dunkie. Fidel believes Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. How reliable is his view of the world to arrive at that conclusion? Dunkie believes Al-Quaida is a US fabrication to destabilize the Middle East. I kid you not. Here they support the arming by the neo-Soviet Russian regime of an unelected dictator who is literally murdering Syrians and their families because they want to vote. Dunkie didn't even know Russia was arming Assad. He may still deny this.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-12 23:39

      Diana is of the same ilk as Fidel and Dunkie. Worse in fact. She's Russian and has a direct hand in the killing of Syrians and their families. Doesn't bother her one bit, apparently.

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-13 09:28

      Well Fred :

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 16:59

      Tom, what does that have to do with Syria? You're being heartless again. In any event, you're distorting the information. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in the 1980's as part of its ongoing plans to impose Soviet Communism on the rest of the world. The US assisted Afghan fighters to repel the Soviets and was successful in doing so. Most of the Afghans were from the Northern Front, unconnected to the Taliban and Jihadists. Some Taliban and Osama Bin Laden, who had been ejected from Saudi Arabia because of his ultra-extreme views, were however among those assisted by the US. Osama Bin Laden then went on to form Al-Quaida several years later. The US had long left Afghanistan. He would have done this whether or not the US had assisted Afghans repel the Soviet Union. Bin Laden declared war on the West because Saudi Arabia had allowed Nato to use its bases to repel Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait. That was in 1992. For years the US did virtually nothing, allowing Al-Quaida to get stronger, even after being directly attacked several times, such as in the first World Trade Center bombing, and the bombing of the US Cole. Al-Quaida carried out suicide attacks in various other parts of the world, including Africa. 9/11 happened and the US and much of the world was then spurred into action. To suggest the US created Al-Quaida is like saying Soweto High School is responsible when one of its chemistry students plants a home-made bomb at a shopping mall.

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-13 18:17

      "Dunkie believes Al-Quaida is a US fabrication to destabilize the Middle East. " - are you stupid Fred? I'm proving you wrong. I could do it all fay but you ignore facts.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 22:24

      I was responding to Dunkie's post. I've responded to yours too. Again, this is a thread about Syrians and their families being detained, tortured, raped and killed by the tens of thousands by an unelected dictator and his brother. You are being heartless.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-14 00:34

      Dunkie does believe that. He's posted it several times.

  • Gerry Klos - 2012-10-12 23:19

    good old Russia. back to the cold war

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-12 23:21

      Oh yes, lets cut off the BS and go to war! After all the yanks are the ones who desire it most.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-12 23:40

      More hubris from Diana. Shockingly bad judgement, without conscience.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 00:27

      Diana, for your information, through your neo-Soviet Russian regime, you're in a war right now, against Syrians and their families who just want to vote.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 00:52

      Syrian women and children are being slaughtered right now, by your Russian-made arms supplied right now, by you and your Russian government under Putin and Lavrov.

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-13 09:30

      Poor Fred, really thinks the ballots are all that matter. Look around you Freddy kins, who really wins?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 13:55

      Tom, you have effectively alienated yourself from humanity. Electing one's leaders in free and fair elections is a basic human right. Basic. That you think otherwise is socio-pathic.

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-13 18:20

      Wow Fred you are really clueless. It is you who are on another world. What point is a democracy when the people only have a say every four years and then their screwed over for the next four. What point is a democracy when both parties share almost exactly the same policies. What point is there in a democracy when the people are starving. Democracy has not solved the worlds problems and won't as long as the systematic corruption continues.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 22:26

      Again, you are being heartless and cruel. Syrians and their families are being detained, tortured, raped and killed by the tens of thousands and you;re having an intellectual conversation. Try feel that space in the center of your chest. Try see through the eyes of your heart.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-12 23:19

    What a lot of s..tuff, if the russians really wanted to deliever any hypothetic weapons surely they wouldnt have needed to smuggle it onboard of a passenger plane; they are not nigerians.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-12 23:43

      Um, just like you're completely unaware nuclear powers the works over have been reducing their nuclear weapons for the past twenty years, you're blinding yourself to the reported fact that your Russia is arming Assad. Putin and Lavrov themselves have openly stated they are continuing with the weapons supply agreements between Russia and Assad. Show you have a heart and a conscience and hang your head in shame.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-12 23:20

    Russians the world over, hang your heads in shame. You are complicit in the murder of Syrians and their families by an unelected dictator. You are assisting that dictator in his cruel and bloody campaign of death, torture and rape.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-12 23:58

      you know Fried brainfraser it was the Russians who saved what was left of Jewish ars*s in Europe and Eastern Europe from should remember old debts the jewish nation owes these heroes!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-13 00:01

      It was the same Russians who gave Africans and other oppressed people around the world their dignity to fight back against the colonialists.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 00:05

      More narcissistic and faulty conclusions from two reality distorters.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-13 00:11


      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 00:11

      The neo-Soviet, election slanting, opposition imprisoning, dictator arming Russian regime under the ex-KGB officer Putin has a direct hand in the murder, detention, torture and rape of Syrians and their families because they want to vote. Dunkie and Fidel celebrate the regime. But them their perspectives are so obviously distorted and wrong, it is not surprising. Disappointing yes, but not surprising.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-13 00:13

      @duncs High alert! My radar has detected a stinker riding on your... tail!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 00:14

      What are you ranting about Dunkie?

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-13 00:18

      I dont speak to biased News.24 moderators i only speak to genuine debaters.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 00:30

      ? What are you talking about?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 00:31

      And who's we?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 00:44

      Dunie, your posts that are ugly with profanity are deleted by News24, not me silly. The rules apply to all of us. If you don't like your posts being deleted, make them clean. Better still, inform yourself and make them accurate too.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-13 01:54

      Fidel, """It was the same Russians who gave Africans and other oppressed people around the world their dignity to fight back against the colonialists""" Don't be rediculous .........!! The ONLY thing Russia has EVER done in Africa, is sell their number one export, 'military hardware', to whomever wanted to BUY it !!!!! NOTHING ELSE !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 01:58

      But then in Fidel's world, Nelson Mandela is a phony. So what do you expect.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-13 09:14

      Anthony, ignorance of the History one does not know is one thing, and forgivable. Denying History when indeed one knows full well the sequence of events is another. How much did Swapo, MK, Zanu/Zapro, Frelimo, MPLA, and the guerillas in South America pay for their weapons from Russia? That a stupid post as yours got recommended must be because you corralled together your family members!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-13 10:08

      Fidel, WHO cares who did what 60, 50, 40 , 30 , 20, and even 10 years ago???? ONLY YOU!!! That is the reason you are so out of touch with todays realities, cause your mind is muddled up with irrelevant stuff!!! TODAY; The Russians are for Africa a bunch of racists and useless bastards. THATS ALL !!!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-13 11:16

      Your response is a cunning derailment of your reasoning faux pas. Russia doesn't owe Africa anything other than its camaraderie and friendship. Russia has never raped, pillaged, enslaved or kill Africans. You may try and belittle Russia's contribution to the liberation of Africans, but we Africans will forever be grateful to the people of Russia and its government. Word of advice, if you're going to stereotype, do it to a group that isn't one of the biggest out there.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-13 12:10

      Fidel, Camaraderie and friendship................What are you talking about????? Are you talking about the national swimming teams of both countries ???? You can come with all your long stories, it does nothing away from the fact, that your heroes , are the worst racists in the whole world!!! Maybe , in your silly and childish anti Western crap, racists fit into your patern, but I detest racists as being the worst scum in the world !!!! The fact remains that in 2012, Monaco is of more importance to Africa, than Russia. And to show , again and again, that you live in the past, 80 percent of SA youths, has no idea of what Azapo, Frelimo and MPLA ,mean or stand for... Forget the past, and you will better understand today's realities !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-13 12:35

      You are so bent on defending your perceived beliefs regarding Russia that you ignore all evidence to the contrary because it conflicts with what you want to believe. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeatedly talk bollocks about it.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 13:53

      Fidel, once again, notwithstanding what your Ego says, you only speak for yourself, not all Africans. Just as you are delusional when you see Nelson Mandela as a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom, you fail to see the reason why the SOVIET UNION was supporting liberation movements during the Communist era. Everyone who has any sense knows it was aiming to annex African countries into its Soviet Communist union, just like it did with Eastern Europe. How can you be so blind? It's incredible.

  • tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-13 09:50

    Check Al Qaeda in action!

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