Russian Ambassador in Turkey Andrei Karlov was summoned to the Foreign Ministry of Turkey because of “provocations” during the passage of Russian warships through the Bosporus Strait, told the CNN Turk channel.
The Russian diplomatic service did not comment on Karlov’s invocation.
Earlier, Turkish media released a photo that was allegedly taken on December 5 while a Russian landing ship “Caesar Kunikov” was passing through Bosphorus. The photo shows a military man on the deck of the vessel, holding a MANPADS, or similar weapon.
The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that such “provocations” will not go unanswered.
- Relations between Russia and Turkey have deteriorated dramatically after Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian Su-24 on November 24. Turkey stated that the aircraft had violated its airspace, the Russian Federation states that the Su-24 was in the sky of Syria.
- December 1 Russia announced the introduction of sanctions against Turkey. As part of the restrictive measures, investment projects are suspended, resorts of Turkey are prohibited for Russian tourists, and starting from January 1, an embargo on imports of certain types of Turkish food is introduced.