Seventeen Russian passengers aboard a Damascus-bound Assad's plane intercepted by Turkey were Russian KGB spies on their way to Damascus to identify Russian citizens of Chechen origin fighting against the bloody Alawite regime alongside freedom fighters' forces, Turkish Yenisafak daily reported on Sunday.
An Assad's Air Airbus A320 travelling from Moscow to Syria's capital was intercepted by F16 jets as it entered Turkish airspace and escorted to Ankara's Esenboga Airport on Wednesday after Turkey received intelligence that it was carrying military supplies destined for Alawite "defense ministry".
Some of the plane's cargo was seized in Turkey before it was allowed to continue its trip. Officials gave no details regarding what was confiscated, saying investigations were underway. The plane was carrying about 30 passengers, including the 17 Russian spies.
According to the report, those Russians were KGB-FSB spies, and they did not undergo a security check in Ankara because they were carrying diplomatic passports.
Those Russian thugs were headed to Damascus to determine the identities of some 300 Chechen Mujahideen who, according to the KGB FSB, are fighting side by side with Syrian Free Army forces to oust the Russian puppet Assad.
The report also said that Turkey seized 400 kilograms of military equipment which included communications equipment and parts that could be used in missiles.
An investigation of the seized cargo is being carried out by ASELSAN and ROKETSAN, defense industry giants that produce technology for the Turkish military.