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Cargo on board a Syrian plane that was grounded by Turkish authorities on Oct. 10 was transporting spare parts for Syrian radar and air defense mechanisms, according to sources cited by Russian daily Kommersant.
 
A Russian diplomat speaking to the paper said there were no arms on the plane, but simply spare parts for radars and manuals explaining their usage.
 
The report further stated that no extensive permit was needed to transport such cargo since the boxes did not contain anything sharp, explosive or flammable.

Turkish authorities forced down the plane, which was en route from Moscow to Damascus, on suspicions that it was transporting weapons. Ankara has dismissed speculation that the incident will negatively affect relations with Moscow, but Russia reacted furiously after the event, sparking fears of a deterioration in Russian-Turkish ties.

October/12/2012

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Arthur Harald Lambauer

10/12/2012 8:21:03 PM

The point is not, whether the cargo items were dangerous, but whether they were of militray use; because the air space is part of state sovereignty and can be passed only with agreement of the sovereign. Such agreement for civil aviation refers only to such items of fright which are of civilian use. There would have been necessary a special agreement for such spare parts.

Turk Uzan

10/12/2012 6:40:45 PM

@ Brian the Irishman, I agree a 100%, it's like saying, well we were only carrying guns, without ammo they are not sharp, explosive or flammable @ Ryan, Ergenekon? Hahahah ... You sound like an AKP voter who got confused. The government got a tip, that there were potentially weapons or ammo on board, they never said they actually found ammo, they said military communication devices. Anyway, I am very pleased the gov stopped these potentially very dangerous equipment from reaching Syria.

Ryan James

10/12/2012 4:50:15 PM

What a joke! Spare parts. The prime minister general in chief told the world that there was ammo on the plane. Now he spreads the ergenekon fiasco to the world. What a dismal government.

down underturk

10/12/2012 4:41:57 PM

A job well done for the TAF for not letting those parts get to the syrian regime,i agree with brian irlanda most definately,they might not be sharp,explosive or flammable but they certainly do direct things that are sharp,explosive or flammable,well put..

Brian Irlanda

10/12/2012 2:57:38 PM

Radar parts is military non-civilian equipment that could be used to direct fire at Turkish targets or aircraft. It doesn't matter if it is sharp, explosive or flammable. It can direct things that are sharp, explosive or flammable.

Foreigner .

10/12/2012 12:22:43 PM

Oops again for CHP. What do their experts (that had isolated Turkry for decades) have to say now?
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