ST PETERSBURG, Russia - A cargo ship that turned back toward Russia while traveling to Syria was carrying three repaired helicopters as well as air defense systems, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Thursday.

"The ship was carrying air defense systems, which can be (used) only for repelling foreign aggression and not against peaceful demonstrators ... and it was carrying three repaired helicopters," Lavrov told Ekho Mosvky radio, Interfax reported.

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