Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Russia of supplying munitions to the Syrian government, after Turkish jets intercepted a plane traveling from Moscow to Damascus on Wednesday. Russian officials deny the claim, but Erdogan told reporters that "[military] equipment and ammunitions" were being dispatched "from a Russian agency... to the Syrian defense ministry." Syria subsequently accused Turkey of piracy after it confiscated the allegedly illegal cargo. Turkey intercepted the plane after it had received "an intelligence tip-off" that the plane had restricted cargo on board. The claim comes as tensions between Syria and Turkey, who have been exchanging mortar fire, continue to rise.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Syrian women know how to defeat ISIS
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- The U.S. Marines are developing laser weapons. Here's why.
- The one thing the New Atheists get right about religion
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- Will Kobani be ISIS's Waterloo?
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 5 baffling foreign-language versions of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song
- Briefing: Offshore drilling and the environment
Subscribe to the Week