Turkey Lands Syria Passenger Plane from Russia
Turkey's Air Force has forcefully made a Syrian passenger plane from Moscow to Damascus land in Ankara.
The move was allegedly taken on suspicions that the plane, which carried some 30 passengers, might also carry Russian weapons for the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
Turkish army planes intercepted the passenger aircraft and made it land in Ankara airport.
"We are resolute to control the traffic of weapons for a regime that executes such brutal massacres against civilians," stated Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
According to him, Turkey has the right to conduct such checks, especially when it has specific information that weapons are being carried, as was the case with the intercepted plane.
After a thorough check however, it turned out that the Syrian aircraft carried no weapons, and it was accordingly released.
Turkey and Syria have engaged in a string of cross-border skirmishes since last week, after hostilities in Syria led to shells falling on Turkish territory.