Russia Wants Seized Equipment Back From Turkey

Russia is seeking to have Turkey return what Ankara believed to be military technology that was confiscated from an aircraft heading to Syria, Agence France-Presse reported on Wednesday.

The items were taken from a Syrian Air passenger plane that was forced to land earlier in October at the Esenboga airport near the Turkish capital.

The Kommersant newspaper indicated that Turkish authorities confiscated 12 containers carrying radar components that would be employed in antimissile operations. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has characterized the cargo as "war equipment," while Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the material was radar technology that is not banned and should be repatriated to his country.

"The contacts (with Turkey for the return of the cargo) are continuing," Russian news organizations quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying. "As far as I know, no practical action has so far been taken."

Russia is Syria's primary weapons provider. It has joined China in blocking efforts by the U.N. Security Council to punish the government of President Bashar Assad for its violent tactics in seeking to crush the uprising that began last year.

October 31, 2012
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Russia is seeking to have Turkey return what Ankara believed to be military technology that was confiscated from an aircraft heading to Syria, Agence France-Presse reported on Wednesday.