Syrian plane carried ammo for Damascus

2012-10-11 22:27

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday the cargo seized on a Syrian plane intercepted on its way from Moscow to Damascus carried military equipment and ammunition for the Syrian regime.

Erdogan said the cargo was "equipment and ammunition shipped to the Syrian Defense Ministry" from a Russian military supplier, in remarks televised by NTV news channel.

Erdogan did not name the Russian supplier, but said it was the Russian counterpart of Turkey's Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation, which is the Turkish army's main provider of military equipment.

He also declined to comment on the source of the intelligence Ankara received on Wednesday, after which two Turkish F-16 fighters forced the Syrian passenger plane to make an emergency landing in Ankara.

The confiscated material is still being studied by relevant departments, according to Erdogan, who noted that a meticulous procedure was applied in the process.

Ankara's grounding of the Syrian plane carrying 35 passengers, 17 of them Russian nationals, for nine hours before finally allowing it to resume its journey has drawn intense criticism from Damascus and its main ally Moscow.

Damascus accused Ankara of hostility and demanded the return of the seized cargo, while Moscow denied it contained arms of any kind.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-12 07:48

    Anyone is entitled to sell armaments to anyone else, but how long can Assad rely on his soldiers and subjects?

      mike.lindsay.7927 - 2012-10-12 08:33

      How about someone selling nuclear weapons to the Taliban or any other radical splinter group ? Do you still stand by your comment ?

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-12 08:50

      @mike in this case someone's conscious can be very selective and dependant on his personal preferences which are put forward as the honest truth.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-12 18:19

      Diana, Not for nothing are you ,and the ones alike, called ; ""the violent loony far left""

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-12 08:35

    Wow news24 makes a statement based on Turkish lies..when truth is out we will demand an apology !

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-12 08:44

      @duncs the Turks always were famous for their bellydancing, now they performing for the uncle Sam

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-12 08:40

    Erdogan is a liar his pants gonna be on fire!

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-12 20:13

    I would have thought that Turkey would actually invite cameras along, and there's still no pictures of what ever material was found on the plane, and this is from a government that repeatedly lies. What a propaganda scoop this would have been for Turkey!

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