The SBU special forces "Alpha" were ready to detain in Kiev after landing for refueling the Il plane - 76, flying with weapon freight onboard which was detained in Thailand on December 12.
About this UNIAN reported in a press - the center of Security service of Ukraine.
"Really, the SBU knew that the plane with the weapon is going to carry out for refueling landing in Ukraine, - about it we were warned by our partners from foreign intelligence services. In full fighting equipment fighters of "Alpha" were in the airport and were ready to detain the plane with freight in case of its arrival", - emphasized in a press - the center, having noted that participation in this operation of the Ukrainian intelligence service "was not the main, and auxiliary".
At the same time, in SBU yet don't specify, which country had to become a terminal point in a plane route with the weapon.
As it was reported, on December 12 in Thailand the Il plane - 76, transporting about 40 tons of the weapon was detained. According to the Nation newspaper, five crew members - citizens of Kazakhstan and Belarus. According to police, there are bases to consider that the weapon aboard Il - 76 was loaded in Pyongyang, and the plane belongs to Georgia. The Nation newspaper notes that probably it followed a course on Sri - to Lank. In the plane grenade launchers, rockets of the class "the earth-air" and other ammunition were revealed.
On December 13 TNA agency reported that the commander of the plane - the citizen of Belarus Mikhail PETUKHOV - told during interrogation in police that the plane took off from Ukraine, loaded aboard boxes with freight in Northern Korea, and again followed to Ukraine.
On December 14 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pyotr POROSHENKO declared that the Ukrainian competent authorities are ready to give help in a legal investigation of detention in Thailand of the plane Il - 76 with the weapon onboard.
According to P. Poroshenko, this plane isn't Ukrainian, and as a part of its crew there are no Ukrainians. Thus the minister confirmed that the plane arrived in Gostomel without freight, and on December 8 took off from Ukraine also without freight. Besides, according to him, the plane went through a number of the airports.
P. Poroshenko noted that Ukraine checks information on possible participation of the Ukrainian companies to implementation of this flight.While, the minister told, there is no confirmation of participation of the Ukrainian party to this business.