Russian diplomat: Turkey has not yet returned cargo from Syrian plane

No practical steps have been taken so far to return the cargo on board a Syrian plane heading from Moscow to Damascus that was forced to land in Turkey, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said.

"Contacts are continuing, but as far as I know, no practical steps have been taken so far," Gatilov told journalists on Wednesday.

Turkish Air Force fighters forced the Syrian plane to land in Ankara on Oct. 10. Searching the plane at the airport, Turkey seized the cargo and allowed the plane to continue its flight. Soon after this, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the airliner was carrying military cargo, so violating civil flight rules.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted that the cargo on board the plane forced to land by Turkey was absolutely legal. "The cargo is electronic equipment for radar stations, which is dual-purpose equipment, but it is not banned by any international conventions," he said.

Moscow demanded that Ankara return the cargo.

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