An Armenian airplane transporting humanitarian aid and relief to Aleppo has landed in the airport of Erzurum, in the territory of Turkey, to undergo checks. The plane had to stop in Erzurum by the order of the Turkish side. According to reports, Ankara demanded in advance the on-the-ground cargo inspection in Erzurum as a condition of flying through Turkish airspace. The Armenian side was aware of the planned landing.
Lilit Galstyan, a representative of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun and member of "Help Your Brother" civil initiative, says they agreed to meet the demand as they have nothing to hide.
This is the first Armenian plane carrying humanitarian assistance to the war-torn Syria. The civil initiative has already collected about 40 tons of food to be sent to Syria. Lilit Galstyan says they have to overcome numerous difficulties to deliver the cargo to the addressee.
The flight is operated by "Air Armenia" Cargo Transportation company