Russia insists plane carried radar parts, not weapons
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday accused Russia of pursuing a “morally bankrupt” policy in Syria. Turkey on Wednesday seized alleged Russian military equipment from a Syrian plane headed from Moscow to Damascus.
The State Department said it had “grave concern” that Russia is continuing to supply Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.
But Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the plane was legally carrying Russian radar parts for Syria.
Lavrov insisted the shipment of “electric equipment for radars” was legitimate cargo that complied with international law, but he added that it was of “dual purpose,” meaning it could have civilian and military applications.
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