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Aereo passeggeri siriano fermato da Ankara: niente di illegale a bordo

Aereo passeggeri siriano fermato da Ankara: niente di illegale a bordo
Fermo e sequestro dell'aereo "atto di pirateria aerea" 
Armi a bordo? Mostrate le prove, altrimenti rilasciate l'aereo e pagate i danni alla 

Fonti: ITAR-TASS, Interfax, Prensa Latina


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13:43 12/10/2012 


Syria plane intercepted by Turkey did not carry illegal cargo

BEIRUT, October 12 (Itar-Tass) - The Syrian plane that was forced to land by the Turkish 
authorities was not carrying prohibited cargoes, the Syrian Foreign Ministry stated.

"The cargo contents are specified in the documents, the plane was not carrying any 
weapons or anything else illegal. This corresponds to the Syrian Air airline's reputation 
is internationally recognised," the Syrian Foreign Ministry´s said in statement quoted by 
SANA news agency on Thursday. "The Syrian government calls upon the Turkish authorities 
to return the rest of the plane's contents intact."

According to the document, "There might be articles in the international laws and 
agreements that allow a state to search planes passing through its airspace, but the 
is the Turkish government's flagrant violation of these laws and agreements through 
the plane to land despite the fact that the pilot did not refuse to modify the flight 
which exposed the safety of the plane and the passengers to threats because of the sudden 
appearance of the Turkish warplanes without warning, not to mention the inhuman locking 
the civilian passengers for many hours and assaulting the crew."

Turkey´s actions the Syrian Foreign Ministry emphasised "endangered the airliner and its 

The Syrian Foreign Ministry stated that "the hostile Turkish behaviour is additional 
on the aggressive policy adopted by Erdogan´s government taking into account the 
harbouring of gunmen and facilitating their infiltration through its borders and bombing 
Syrian territories." The Ministry concluded that "despite the condemned hostile behaviour 
the Turkish government, this will not affect our commitment to the friendship relations 
between the Syrian and Turkish peoples which are greater and much more important than 
any government."

The Airbus A-320 airliner of Syrian Air at 15:26 MSK Wednesday took off from Moscow´s 
Vnukovo airport. After it entered the Turkish airspace the F-16 fighters of the Turkish 
Force intercepted the airliner and forced it to land at the Turkish capital´s airport. 
The Airbus 
had 37 people, including crewmembers and 17 Russians with children, on board. After a 
nine-hour detention the plane continued its flight to Damascus. The Russian Foreign 
Ministry said in connection with the incident that "Turkey´s actions have put at risk the 
of Russians that were on board the plane" of Syrian Airlines, and Moscow demanded 
explanations. Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said that "the Turkish authorities 
without explaining the reason and in violation of the bilateral Consular Convention did 
allow the diplomats to meet with the Russian citizens."

According to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, there was a cargo of military 
equipment and ammunition on board the Syrian aircraft.

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Syria Urges Turkey to Reveal Evidence of Plane Cargo
    Posted by: "Heikki Sipilä" 
    Date: Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:14 am ((PDT))

  Syria Urges Turkey to Reveal Evidence of Plane Cargo

Damascus, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) Syrian authorities today insisted that
Turkey prove its accusations regarding the military equipment and weapons
cargo it claimed was seized from the airplane forced to land in Ankara on

   According to Syrian Ministry of Information, the plane forced by 
Turkish fighter jets to land at the Ankara airport had neither weapons nor
military equipment on board, obliging that country to provide evidence to
justify its action, considered by many as an ¿act of air piracy.¿

Syrian authorities quoted Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's
statements insisting that the plane carried munitions and its cargo was
not legal, something that puts the official in a delicate position.

  Erdogan must prove what he said and much more at a time when the two
countries' relations are heading towards a armed conflict with
unpredictable consequences, according to experts and the world media.

  Meanwhile, Russian authorities are waiting for the information also
requested from Turkey in relation to the cargo seized on board the Syrian

  According to the spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Alexander
Lukashevich, the Turkish Air Forces had no right to force the Syrian plane
to land, adding that even in the case of carrying cargo on board, there is
no legal basis as Syria is not object of international sanctions, and
Russia will insist on that.

  The Ankara government announced on Thursday that the Syrian plane was
carrying armaments from Moscow to Damascus, but did not reveal any



October 12, 2012 20:00

Cargo aboard Syrian plane detained in Turkey legal, sender demands its return - Lavrov 
(Part 2)

NOVO-OGARYOVO. Oct 12 (Interfax) - The Russian sender of the cargo transported by a 
Syrian plane, which has been detained in Turkey, will demand the cargo be returned as 
shipping documents and cargo characteristics are not violating any laws, Foreign Minister 
Sergei Lavrov said after the president had met with Russian Security Council members on 

The minister stressed that Russia was expecting a Turkish reply to its question why 
diplomats were denied access to Russian citizens who stayed aboard the plane at the 
moment of its detention.

"Concerning speculations on the Syrian jet incident, I would like to say we have no 
the minister said.

"We have verified the case: the transportation of any armaments by that plane was out of 
the question," he said.

"The plane was transporting cargo sent by a legal Russian supplier to a legal client in a 
way," the minister said.

"It was electro-technical equipment for a radar station; the equipment had dual use but 
was not banned by any international conventions," he said.

"Shipping documents fully complied with the requirements," Lavrov said.

"The transportation of such cargo by civilian aircraft is a customary practice, which is 
confirmed by the fact that before the Syrian plane entered the Turkish airspace, the 
authorities had offered it either to change the route or to land in Ankara," Lavrov said.

"The pilot preferred to land; he knew he had nothing illegal on board," he said.

"As far as we know, the sender will demand the return of the cargo - its property," 

"We are expecting an official answer from Turkey on why Russian diplomats were not 
allowed to meet with the Russian citizens aboard that plane," he said.

Te jv

(Our editorial staff can be reached at eng.editors at interfax.ru) 


01:43 13/10/2012

WASHINGTON, October 13 (RIA Novosti)

Tags: UN Security Council, U.S. Department of State, Sergei Lavrov, Victoria Nuland, 
Syria, Russia, United States

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The US State Department on Friday accused Russia of a "morally bankrupt" policy in Syria, 
two days after Turkey intercepted a Syrian passenger jet headed from Moscow to Damascus 
over suspicions it had military equipment on board.

"No responsible country ought to be aiding and abetting the war machine of the Assad 
regime and particularly those with responsibilities for global peace and security as UN 
Security Council members have," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told 

On Wednesday, Turkish fighter jets forced the jet to land on its soil and seized what it 
was ammunition and military gear bound for Syria.

Nuland said the US had "grave concern" that Russia is continuing to supply Syrian 
government forces with material that could be used against rebels struggling to topple 
President Bashar Assad´s regime.

"We have no doubt that this was serious military equipment," Nuland said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that the plane was legally carrying 
Russian radar parts for Syria.

"We have no secrets," Lavrov told journalists in Moscow. "There were, of course, no 
weapons on board and there could not have been."

Lavrov also stressed the delivery was "entirely legal" and that Russia would demand both 
the return of the equipment and an explanation from Turkey. He insisted the shipment 
contained "electronic equipment for radars" that complied with international law, adding 
it was of "dual purpose" that could have civilian and military applications.

Nuland said the shipment was "legally correct," but she added "the policy is still 

"There are no Security Council sanctions on Syria because Security Council members 
Russia and China continue to block them," she said. "Everybody else on the Security 
Council is doing what it can unilaterally to ensure that the Assad regime is not getting 
support from the outside."

Moscow has repeatedly blocked UN Security Council sanctions against Syria´s embattled 
regime over what it says is a pro-rebel bias.

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