Turkish Premier Tayyip Erdogan said today that a Syrian passenger plane forced to land in Ankara on Wednesday was carrying Russian-made munitions destined for Syria’s defense ministry. The A-320 passenger plane was en route from Moscow to Damascus when it was forced to land in Turkey.
“This was munitions from the Russian equivalent of our Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation being sent to the Syrian Defense Ministry,” Erdogan told reporters in Ankara, referring to a state-run Turkish manufacturer that supplies the country's army. (Reuters, 11 October)
Photo credit: The Syrian passenger plane that was forced to land sits at Esenboga airport in Ankara. October 10, 2012. (REUTERS/Cem Oksuz/Anadolu Agency)