No Danger in Plane Interception, Insists Turkey

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Turkish fighters jets forced down the passenger plane that it suspected was carrying weapons to the Assad regime from Russia last night and reportedly seized suspicious cargo.

The plane was on a flight from Moscow before F16 fighter jets were scrambled to force it to land at Ankara airport, amid continuing tensions between Turkey and Syria.

Russia said earlier today that Turkish authorities refused to grant Russian diplomatic staff access to 17 Russian citizens on board during the eight hours that the flight was held up because of suspicions the aircraft was carrying military equipment.