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Turkey denies passenger abuse on board intercepted Syrian aircraft

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Turkey has denied allegations that it mistreated passengers on board the Syrian aircraft forced to land in Ankara.

Turkish authorities say they intercepted the Airbus A320 after receiving intelligence reports that the plane was carrying Russian-made munitions bound for Damascus.

Euronews spoke to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Selçuk Ünal:

“This is all about the use of a passenger plane to transport military equipment from Moscow to Damascus. This is a violation of national and international regulations. We have informed the Syrian consulate in the strongest terms that this is unacceptable to us.”