Russia denies link to Syria plane cargo

Russia’s state arms trader said on Friday that it had no connection to the “illegal” military items removed from a Moscow-Damascus passenger airliner forced to land in Turkey. /…/

“We have no information available about the contents or ownership of any cargo,” Vyacheslav Davidenko, a spokesperson for state arms trader Rosoboronexport, told RIA Novosti. “All cargo transport operations by us involving military equipment are always made in accordance with international agreements and Russian law.” /…/

Russian business daily Kommersant reported on Friday the seized items were technical components for Syrian air defense radars which did not require special certification as military items.

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