Turkey searches Syria-bound jet

Turkish authorities are searching the cargo of an Armenian plane bound for Syria. Permission was given for the plane to use Turkish airspacve on the condition it did not carry military equipment.

Turkey searches Armenian plane

Turkish authorities are searching an Armenian plane bound for the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to the foreign ministry.

The Turkish Foreign Minister said the plane could fly over Turkish airspace only on condition it can search its cargo for possible military equipment.

Turkey and Syria barred each other from using their airspace over the weekend.

Turkey forces plane en route to Syria to land

An Armenian plane en route to Syria was forced to land in the eastern Turkish city of Erzurum this morning by Turkish authorities.

Officials from the Turkish prime minister's office said the plane was carrying humanitarian aid and was on its way to Aleppo. A Foreign Ministry official said it would be allowed to continue its journey if nothing else was found on board.

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Russia: No weapons on grounded plane

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that there were "no weapons" on board the Syrian plane grounded by Turkey on Wednesday.

He said the plane was carrying 'legal' shipment of equipment for radar installation.

We have no secrets. 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.

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Turkey: We exercised our rights and will do so again

Turkey's transport minister Binali Yildrim defended the move to down accompany a passenger plane to Ankara airport
Turkey's transport minister Binali Yildrim defended the move to accompany a passenger plane to Ankara airport Credit: Reuters

Turkey is continuing to search the cargo seized from a Syrian passenger plane travelling from Moscow downed by downed by Turkish fighter jets.

Officials gave no details of what was confiscated, saying investigations were underway, but Turkish authorities remained defiant saying they would continue to investigate Syrian civilian aircraft using its airspace if needed. Turkish Transport Minister Binali Yildirim said:

"We exercised our rights, and we will exercise them again tomorrow if required."

Russia demands explanation from Turkey

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Lukashevich: Contrary to the bilateral consular convention, #Turkey did not allow Russian diplomats to meet with the 17 Russian passengers

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Lukashevich:Russia believes that by ordering a #Syrian plane to land in Ankara #Turkey put the lives and safety of the passengers in danger

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Lukashevich: Russia insists that #Turkey explains the reasons behind its actions regarding Russian nationals and precludes their repetition

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