Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home News World

Russian destroyer uses small arms to ward off Turkish fishing ship in Aegean

Published 13/12/2015

The Russian destroyer Smetlivy which fired warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean Sea.
The Russian destroyer Smetlivy which fired warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean Sea.

A Russian destroyer has used small arms fire to ward off a Turkish fishing ship and prevent a collision in the Aegean Sea, the Defence Ministry said.

The guided missile destroyer Smetlivy was unable to establish radio contact with the approaching Turkish boat, which also failed to respond to visual signals and flares, the ministry said in a statement.

When the Koroglu Balikcilik was about 660 yards away, warning shots were fired from the destroyer and the Turkish vessel quickly changed course, passing within 600 yards.

The incident occurred in the northern part of the Aegean, about 13 miles from the Greek island of Lemnos, the ministry said.

Tensions between Moscow and Ankara have been heightened since a Turkey downed a Russian warplane along the Syrian border last month, and this could further strain relations.

The Defence Ministry summoned the Turkish defence attache in Moscow over what it described as the "provocative actions" of the Turkish ship.

Russian deputy defence minister Anatoly Antonov informed Turkish Rear Admiral Ahmet Gunes of "the possible harmful consequences of the reckless actions of Ankara in regard to the Russian military contingent fighting international terrorism in Syria", the ministry said in a statement.

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey would get the fishing ship's side of the story before making an announcement, but added that Turkey does not want an escalation of tensions.

"We don't want tensions. We want to overcome tensions through dialogue," Mr Cavusoglu said.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph