TURKISH PROVOCATION TOWARDS RUSSIA CAUSING INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT

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Turkish Websites and Newspapers: Syrian-Turkish Border Transferred into Center for Armed Groups and Spies with AKP Government’s Support

ANKARA, (SANA) – The Turkish Sol Haber website stressed that the Syrian-Turkish border area has been transferred into a center for armed terrorist groups and foreign spies with the support of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government which ignore the infiltration of terrorist gunmen to Syria across the borders.

The website stressed that there are evidence on that the AKP government is ignoring the terrorist infiltration attempts to Syria across the Turkish borders since the beginning of the events.

It added that the AKP government turned the border with Syria into a center for those who call themselves armed Syrian opposition members, foreign spies and other various groups.

The website supported its evidence with the interview made by the CNN Turk TV with gunmen from the mercenary terrorist groups which call themselves “the Free Army” in the bordering town of Akcakale, as one of the gunmen stressed that he was going to cross the border in the next ten minutes to participate in armed operations in Syria.

It also cited another violation committed by the governor of Kilis city, Yusuf Odabas, and Head of Gaziantep municipality, Asim Guzelbey, who crossed the borders and met the armed terrorist groups.

It highlighted the statements of members of the Republican People’s Party about the presence of gunmen inside Apaydin Camp on the border with Syria.

The website referred to an article published by journalist Fehim Tastekin in the Turkish Radikal newspaper on August 27th stressing that there is not any form of monitoring on the Syrian-Turkish borders and that arms smuggling operations are conducted through three villages in Yayladağı city and the cities of Rehanli and Altinozu.

The journalist added that smuggling heavy weapons and terrorists to Syria is carried out via buses and ambulances through Kozan and Oncupinar crossings in Kilis.

Turkish Yurt Newspaper: US-backed Foreign Jihadists Carry out Terrorist Bombings in Syria

The Turkish Yurt Newspaper stressed that the US-backed foreign jihadists have been carrying out suicide and terrorist bombings in Syria after their failure in the war waged against the Syrian people and government.

In a report about the events in Syria, the newspaper reporter in Damascus, Omer Odemis said that what is taking place in Syria stresses the existence of terrorist jihadists who launch a war against the Syrian people, government and the public and private properties, a fact that has been recognized by all foreigners who have seen the events and met the citizens, despite some western countries attempts to depict what is happening is Syria as a popular revolt.

The reporter added that these armed terrorist groups attack the Syrian people and the law-enforcement forces in rural areas which make the living conditions there very difficult due to the terrorist practices forcing citizens to leave their houses and villages.

Turkish Journalist: Those Who Think They Can Topple Syria Easily are Mistaken

The Turkish Journalist Metin Munir said that the Turkish government is unable to implement its threat of waging a military aggression against Syria because of the economic situation in the country since any such probable war would lead to a great economic crisis in Turkey.

In an article published by the Turkish Milliyet Newspaper, Munir said that whoever thinks that he is able to topple Syria easily is mistaken, scoffing at Turkish officials who talked about the ability of the Turkish army to launch attack against Damascus in few hours to convince the Turkish people that as if this war is just a picnic.

“We have to ask those geniuses that if you entered in few hours, would you be able to return in few hours and would you find Turkey as you left it?” he asked mockingly.

Munir said that any possible war might result in halting foreign funds to Turkey, especially that the Turkish economy’s inability to ensure foreign currency has weakened the economy, adding that the economic growth in Turkey started to slow due to procedures adopted by the AKP government.

He added that deploying military forces on the Syrian borders requires high expenses and additional funds to purchase military equipment, while the economic situation in Turkey is suffering in light of the price rise.

Turkish Website: Grounding Syrian Civilian Plane part of AKP Government’s Provocative Acts

The Turkish news portal “Sol” said that the grounding of the Syrian civilian plane by the Turkish authorities is part of the provocative acts carried out by the government of the Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The site said that the Turkish authorities’ act violates the international aviation’s rules, adding that if the AKP government is searching for weapons, then it should check the arsenals of the extremist groups which are committing massacres in Syria under the protection and support of the AKP.

The website stressed that the logistic and military support provided by the AKP government to the armed terrorist groups in Syria is the most dangerous path in Turkey’s political relations with a neighboring country.

The website said that it is well-known that gunmen have been infiltrating to Syria through the Turkish lands, adding that weapons are being sent to the gunmen via the Turkish ambulance vehicles.

The site pointed out to the coordination between the armed groups in Syria and the Turkish army, adding that there are several reports which unveiled that there are Turkish spies commanding the operations of these armed terrorist groups against the Syrian army inside Syria.

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SANA HEADLINES OCTOBER 12, 2012


‘US real player of regional instability show’

Russia has accused Turkey of endangering the lives of Russian citizens when it diverted a passenger plane travelling from Moscow to Damascus. The Syrian airline flight, carrying 30 people on board, was forced to land in Ankara by Turkish fighter jets in the early hours of Wednesday.

The Russian embassy in Ankara demanded access to the Russian citizens and sent diplomats and a doctor to the airport. But the authorities in Ankara denied them access to the Russian passengers, who were kept at the airport for 8 hours. No food was provided to them during that time.

Moscow wants a full explanation into such actions. Turkey defended the move by claiming the plane could have carried ammunition, not appropriate for a civilian aircraft.

Over this weekend, the Russian President was supposed to be travelling to Turkey for a high level co-operation council meeting, which is held once a year and aims to boost trade and economic ties. But shortly before the plane grounding in Ankara, the meeting was postponed until December.

Officials in Russia deny Turkish allegations that the Syrian plane bound from Moscow to Damascus was carrying an illegal cargo. The Russian state arms export agency says it had nothing to do with the flight. The Foreign Ministry says it’s expecting that Turkey will take steps to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.

Courtesy of  Stop NATO

Interfax
October 12, 2012

Cargo aboard Syrian plane detained in Turkey legal, sender demands its return – Lavrov

NOVO-OGARYOVO: The Russian sender of the cargo transported by a Syrian plane, which has been detained in Turkey, will demand the cargo be returned as shipping documents and cargo characteristics are not violating any laws, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after the president had met with Russian Security Council members on Friday.

The minister stressed that Russia was expecting a Turkish reply to its question why Russian diplomats were denied access to Russian citizens who stayed aboard the plane at the moment of its detention.

“Concerning speculations on the Syrian jet incident, I would like to say we have no secrets,” the minister said.

“We have verified the case: the transportation of any armaments by that plane was out of the question,” he said.

“The plane was transporting cargo sent by a legal Russian supplier to a legal client in a legal way,” the minister said.

“It was electro-technical equipment for a radar station; the equipment had dual use but it was not banned by any international conventions,” he said.

“Shipping documents fully complied with the requirements,” Lavrov said.

“The transportation of such cargo by civilian aircraft is a customary practice, which is confirmed by the fact that before the Syrian plane entered the Turkish airspace, the Turkish authorities had offered it either to change the route or to land in Ankara,” Lavrov said.

“The pilot preferred to land; he knew he had nothing illegal on board,” he said.

“As far as we know, the sender will demand the return of the cargo – its property,” Lavrov said.

“We are expecting an official answer from Turkey on why Russian diplomats were not allowed to meet with the Russian citizens aboard that plane,” he said.

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Itar-Tass
October 12, 2012

Syria plane intercepted by Turkey did not carry illegal cargo

The Syrian plane that was forced to land by the Turkish authorities was not carrying prohibited cargoes, the Syrian Foreign Ministry stated.

“The cargo contents are specified in the documents, the plane was not carrying any weapons or anything else illegal. This corresponds to the Syrian Air airline’s reputation that is internationally recognised,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in statement quoted by the SANA news agency on Thursday. “The Syrian government calls upon Turkish authorities to return the rest of the plane’s contents intact.”

According to the document, “There might be articles in the international laws and agreements that allow a state to search planes passing through its airspace, but the problem is the Turkish government’s flagrant violation of these laws and agreements through forcing the plane to land despite the fact that the pilot did not refuse to modify the flight course which exposed the safety of the plane and the passengers to threats because of the sudden appearance of the Turkish warplanes without warning, not to mention the inhuman locking the civilian passengers for many hours and assaulting the crew.”

Turkey’s actions the Syrian Foreign Ministry emphasised “endangered the airliner and its passengers.”

The Syrian Foreign Ministry stated that “the hostile Turkish behaviour is additional evidence of the aggressive policy adopted by Erdogan’s government, taking into account the training and harbouring of gunmen and facilitating their infiltration through its borders and bombing Syrian territories.” The Ministry concluded that “despite the condemned hostile behaviour of the Turkish government, this will not affect our commitment to friendship relations between the Syrian and Turkish peoples which are greater and much more important than any government.”

The Airbus A-320 airliner of Syrian Air at 15:26 MSK Wednesday took off from Moscow’s Vnukovo airport. After it entered the Turkish airspace the F-16 fighters of the Turkish Air Force intercepted the airliner and forced it to land at the Turkish capital’s airport. The Airbus had 37 people, including crewmembers and 17 Russians with children, on board. After a nine-hour detention the plane continued its flight to Damascus. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in connection with the incident that “Turkey’s actions have put at risk the lives of Russians that were on board the plane” of Syrian Airlines, and Moscow demanded explanations. Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said that “the Turkish authorities without explaining the reason and in violation of the bilateral Consular Convention did not allow the diplomats to meet with the Russian citizens.”

Azeri Press Agency
October 12, 2012

Second jet crisis arises between Russia and Turkey

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“Forcing the Syrian plane to land in Ankara implicitly shows that Turkey and Syria are at war. Turkey can escape unharmed only if Ankara proves that the cargo on board is non-civilian and that the Syrian passenger plane carried military communications equipment from Russia. Otherwise, Russian authorities will harshly criticize Turkey’s operation carried out on the Syrian plane late Wednesday.”

Leonid Ivashov, head of the Russian Academy of Geopolitical Issues, however, sharply blamed Ankara, saying that Turkey is behaving extremely aggressively against Syria in the region and that Russia has the right to retaliate against Turkish aircraft. According to Ivashov, Putin’s delayed visit to Ankara is also due to Turkey’s aggressive policies towards Syria.

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Baku: Turkish-Russian relations, which have been developing over the last ten years, have entered a tense period because of the Arab Spring, especially due to the escalating Syrian crisis, APA reports quoting Today’s Zaman.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has delayed a trip to Turkey. Although the reason given was Putin’s busy schedule, it is clear that it is because of the Syrian crisis. Diplomatic sources close to the Kremlin said Moscow is waiting for Nov. 6, the date of the presidential election in the US. In June, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a visit to Moscow where he made an offer concerning a solution to the Syrian crisis, and Putin is reported to have subsequently considered the initiative. However, due to the uncertainty over who will be elected as president in Washington, taking concrete steps on the Syrian crisis during discussions with Turkey is impossible, which led the postponement of the official visit.

During all these developments, a Syrian aircraft that had departed Moscow was forced to land at the airport in Ankara on Wednesday, increasing tension in the region. During the first jet crisis in which a Turkish jet was downed in late June in international waters by Syrian forces with the alleged cooperation of a Russian naval base, Moscow kept its silence; but the second jet crisis on Wednesday caused Moscow to react with a harsh statement.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement that Turkey was jeopardizing the security of 17 Russian citizens on board, that communication between the Russian embassy in Ankara and the Russian passengers was disrupted for eight hours and that the passengers were not given any food. Russia has demanded that Turkey give an immediate explanation and stated that it should prevent similar incidents in the future.

According to Moscow, there are no circumstances that require the transportation of military equipment in a civilian jet. Moscow would never use civilian passenger planes to export arms and weapons to Syria; if necessary, legal access by sea is already open, says a senior official of a Russian arms export company.

Talking to Today’s Zaman, Gumer Isayev, the head of the St. Petersburg Middle East Research Center, said there were no weapons on board, as Russian authorities pointed out, adding that determining if the communication equipment onboard was military or not is controversial. Isayev said that assessing these kinds of materials as military communications equipment is incorrect. “Forcing the Syrian plane to land in Ankara implicitly shows that Turkey and Syria are at war. Turkey can escape unharmed only if Ankara proves that the cargo on board is non-civilian and that the Syrian passenger plane carried military communications equipment from Russia. Otherwise, Russian authorities will harshly criticize Turkey’s operation carried out on the Syrian plane late Wednesday,” Isayev said, underlining that the interception of the Syrian aircraft by Turkish jets is within the interest of certain groups who are concerned by the fast-growing Russian-Turkish relations.

Andrey Yashlavski, foreign news editor at the Moskovskiy Komsomolets daily, said the recent jet crisis might seriously affect bilateral relations between Russia and Turkey, as there were also Russian passengers onboard the Syrian passenger aircraft, and it departed from Moscow. A number of experts have evaluated the recent jet crisis as an anti-Russia act, and Yashlavski stressed that Turkey has the right to provide its own security.

Leonid Ivashov, head of the Russian Academy of Geopolitical Issues, however, sharply blamed Ankara, saying that Turkey is behaving extremely aggressively against Syria in the region and that Russia has the right to retaliate against Turkish aircraft. According to Ivashov, Putin’s delayed visit to Ankara is also due to Turkey’s aggressive policies towards Syria.

According to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, there was a cargo of military equipment and ammunition on board the Syrian aircraft.

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