The Straits Times
Published on Oct 16, 2012

US urges Syria's neighbours to survey airspace


WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Monday called on all Syria's neighbors to keep a careful watch over their airspace, after Turkey said it had intercepted a Syrian plane from Russia carrying military equipment.

"Certainly we support the decision that Turkey has made in light of the apparent violation of their airspace by this aircraft," State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland told reporters.

"We are encouraging all of Syria's neighbours to be vigilant with regard to how their airspace is used, particularly now that we have this concrete example."

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated on Monday that the cargo Ankara confiscated from the intercepted Syrian passenger jet contained weapons, shrugging off Russian claims that the plane carried legal radar equipment.