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Russia says Turkey placed lives of passengers under threat

Posted By admin On October 11, 2012 @ 3:18 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Reuters [1]
Oct 11, 2012

ISTANBUL – Moscow accused Ankara of endangering Russian lives on Thursday after Turkey forced a Syrian passenger plane to land and seized what it suspected was military equipment being ferried from Russia to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Damascus said the interception of the Syrian Air plane was an act of piracy, further heightening tensions between the neighbors after Turkey’s chief of staff warned his troops would respond with greater force if shells from Syria continued to hit Turkish territory.

Military jets escorted the Damascus-bound Airbus A-320, which was carrying around 30 passengers from Moscow, into Ankara airport late on Wednesday after Turkey received intelligence that it was carrying “non-civilian cargo”.

Russia, which has stood behind Assad’s government during an 18-month-old uprising that has killed some 30,000 people, angrily demanded an explanation.

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[1] Reuters: http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=287393

[2] Russia-Syria plane carried ‘ammunition’ – Turkey PM: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-syria-plane-carried-ammunition-turkey-pm.html

[3] Turkey deploys fighter jets to Syria border after frontier village allegedly bombed: http://www.prisonplanet.com/turkey-deploys-fighter-jets-to-syria-border-after-frontier-village-allegedly-bombed.html

[4] Armenia-to-Syria flight lands in Turkey for ‘security check’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/armenia-to-syria-flight-lands-in-turkey-for-security-check.html

[5] Turkey issues ‘frank, friendly’ warning to Iran: http://www.prisonplanet.com/turkey-issues-frank-friendly-warning-to-iran.html

[6] Al Assad: Turkey party to bloodshed in Syria: http://www.prisonplanet.com/al-assad-turkey-party-to-bloodshed-in-syria.html

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