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.
A Turkish Foreign Ministry official confirmed the banning of all Syrian aircraft from its air space, after Turkey intercepted a Syrian airliner, carrying what it said were Russian-made munitions for the Syrian army.
Yes, civilian aircraft (have been banned). Military aircraft were de facto banned way before.
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.
Russia's ambassador to Turkey has been summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, according to officials, after a Syrian passenger plane from Moscow to Damascus was forced to land in Turkey on suspicion of carrying military metals.
Turkish authorities have not released the details of the seized cargo.
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."