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Russia said that there were “no weapons” aboard a Syrian civilian jet that was grounded by Turkish authorities and that the plane was carrying a legal shipment of radar equipment.

“We have no secrets,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters Oct. 12. “There were, of course, no weapons on the plane and could not have been any. There was a cargo on the plane that a legal Russian supplier was sending in a legal way to a legal customer.”

Lavrov said the Airbus A-320 was carrying radar components and transporting such items by civil aircraft does not contradict international norms, according to Russia Today. Lavrov added, however, that the cargo was of “dual purpose,” meaning it could have civilian and military applications. He said the Russian company that sent it to Syria will demand that Turkey return it.

Lavrov’s comments came a day after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the cargo included ammunition. Earlier in the day, a Russian newspaper report said the plane was carrying Russian radar parts for Syrian missile defense systems but not weapons.

12 boxes of radar parts

The plane was loaded with 12 boxes containing parts for radars used in the Syrian army’s missile defense systems, Kommersant quoted sources in the arms export industry as saying. The sources told the paper that the cargo needed no special documentation as it posed no risk to the crew of the plane or the aircraft itself.

“This is not a weapon. If a person takes a radio receiver that has been switched off onto the plane then does this pose a threat for the airliner or the passengers?” asked the source. “No international laws were violated.” The spokesman of Russia’s weapons export agency Rosoboronexport Vyacheslav Davidenko denied “there was any cargo belonging to us” on the plane, as Erdoğan had implied.

Compiled from Reuter, AP and AFP stories by the Daily news staff.


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Dennis Kavaz

10/13/2012 5:59:35 AM

As Tunisian, Egypt, and Libya, the Syrian uprising began with a peaceful demonstration. Within days however (just like the other uprisings) the trigger happy Assad’s regime began to kill the demonstrators, still to fight back the demonstrators needed weapons which friends or otherwise supplied. It’s ironic how quick some people (comment writers) forget the men in the street and especially how and why the conflict started.

turkic voice

10/12/2012 11:43:52 PM

If I was on that plane i would not want military equipment to be smuggeled on bord with me as this is how you put inocent passengers in risk as that gives reson for hijacking planes for the gathering of militery intelegence and steeling militery equipment we dont want another 911. these material should be declared and escorted by military transportation not. Russia has admited a huge mistake and must answer to the international body in charge of public security, this must be addressed.....

john albay

10/12/2012 11:26:47 PM

well done Tuirkish air force,you caught the syrians and russians red handed! Keep up the good work.

Blue Dotterel

10/12/2012 10:49:40 PM

Cem, then Turkey regularly violates its "arms embargo" by providing weapons to the FSA at its border. A Lebanese journalist embedded with the FSA witnessed the transfer of weapons from the Turkish military to the "rebels" a few weeks ago and reported it.


10/12/2012 7:59:41 PM

The word illegal is not in the Russian dictionary. Turkish intelligence services infiltrated in the KGB, what you have to say about that Russia :D AHAHAH God bless M.I.T. !!!

Cem Dagdeviren

10/12/2012 7:13:06 PM

Turkey imposed an Arms Embargo on Syria, Russia (and daily news staff) seems to be forgetting that fact.

John Travolta

10/12/2012 7:10:12 PM

I think Russia should ask for an apology, it should withdraw its embassador, and furiously pretend it will not normalise ties with Turkey until there is a formal apology and compensation to the airline and the passengers...

Nikos T.

10/12/2012 6:53:34 PM

Nice fiasco for Turkish intelligence. This did not worth even the gas on the F16s.

Rimon Tree

10/12/2012 6:48:52 PM

One foreign policy fiasco follows the other on the heels, where is Turkey heading to? Weren't these the ones who were crying "Piracy" when Israel stopped the Gaza activists ships to search them legally for weapons?

Adam Polk

10/12/2012 6:48:18 PM

legal military supplies to a dictator, very innocent
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