MOSCOW - A Russian source denied the existence of weapons on board the Syrian passenger plane forced to land in Turkey while she was in route from Moscow to Damascus on suspicion that it was carrying military equipment.
The news agency quoted the Russian source, who requested anonymity, as saying "there were no weapons or any kind of regulations or pieces of military equipment on board and can not be on board." military jets forced a plane bound Airbus -320 to Damascus and was carrying about 30 passengers from Moscow to land at the airport in Ankara on Wednesday night after Turkey received information that they carry military supplies.
And confiscated part of the cargo plane in Turkey before passenger plane completed its journey , did not disclose details of its contents. Russia is one of the biggest allies of President Bashar al-Assad and used its veto-wielding against three resolutions in the Security Council of the United Nations was intended to pressure on Assad , Russia also sold last year for his troops weapons worth one billion dollars.
The source said arms export did not stop arms exports to Damascus despite a conflicting signals from Moscow about whether it had continued to supply weapons to Damascus after the escalation of violence between opposition fighters and forces of Assad.
The source said "If we want to send any military technical equipment or weapons this will be in the right way and not through any illegal ways and definitely not in a civilian aircraft." Russianin June that Russia did not send weapons to Syria that could be used in the civil conflict.
A Russian Foreign Ministry source as saying on Thursday that Russia has asked for clarification from the Turkish authorities on the Syrian plane intercept , which took off on Wednesday from Knukuvu Airport in Moscow.