World Bulletin / News Desk
Russian Ambassador in Ankara Vladimir Ivanovsky was summoned Thursday to meet with Turkish diplomats at the Foreign Ministry headquarters after Turkey's fighter jets forced a Syrian passenger plane to land in the Turkish capital on suspicions that it might be carrying weapons and military equipment.
The plane was grounded in the Turkish airspace while enroute to Damascus from Moscow with 37 passengers, 17 of whom a Russian foreign ministry spokesperson said were Russian nationals.
Turkish authorities confiscated part of the cargo aboard an Airbus A320 of the Syrian Arab Airlines for examination.
Turkey has yet to provide detailed information on what the contents of the confiscated cargo were but Turkish media reports have said the impounded cargo contained radio receivers, antennas and "equipment that are thought to be missile parts."
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the cargo contained "elements which are contrary to civilian aviation rules."
The grounding of the Syrian plane further escalated tensions between Turkey and its southern neighbor who have exchanged artillery and mortar fire since last Wednesday when a stray Syrian shell landed on Turkey's Akcakale town, killing two women and three children.
Turkey has been building up troops, tanks and anti-aircraft missiles along the Syrian border since the deadly Syrian shelling as well as reinforcing war planes at a base in nearby Diyarbakir province.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ekim 2012, 16:47