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Russia fires warning shot at Turkey boat in Aegean

Russia's Smetlivy anti-submarine ship (RT)
Following tense over Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian SU-24 bomber, one of Russia warships fired warning shots at a Turkish fishing vessel, off Greece’s Lemnos Island, “to avoid a collision.”

“At 9:03 a.m. Moscow time, the ship’s sailors on duty detected a Turkish vessel at a distance of 600m (1, 800ft) that was approaching the starboard side of the anchored surveillance ship Smetlivy, ” the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service said.

The Turkish boat had refused to establish radio contact with the Russian ship despite several attempts and even ignored the visual signals sent by Russian sailors, the press service said.

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“As the Turkish seine boat sailed about 600 meters close to the Russian surveillance ship, in order to prevent the ships’ collision, small arms were used along the Turkish vessel’s path at a guaranteed survivability distance, ” it added.

The Turkish boat immediately changed its course and sailed past the Russian warship at a distance of 540 meters, it concluded.

The Turkish military attache in Moscow has been summoned to the foreign ministry over the incident.

Last week, Turkey complained over what it said was a sailor on a Russian naval ship brandishing a missile launcher as the vessel passed through Istanbul. Russia rejected the criticism saying the crew had a “legal right” to protect the ship.


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