Tension between Turkey and Russia entered a new phase after a Russian warship fired what Moscow called warning shots at a Turkish fishing boat in the Aegean Sea, summoning the Turkish military attaché in Moscow over the incident, leaving diplomatic efforts to resolve dispute in shambles.
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday that one of its warships, the destroyer Smetlivy, used small arms fire to ward off a Turkish fishing boat and prevent a collision in the Aegean Sea.
A ministry statement says Smetlivy was unable to establish radio contact with the approaching Turkish seiner, which also failed to respond to visual signals and flares. When the boat was 600 meters (660 yards) away, the destroyer fired and the Turkish vessel quickly changed course, passing within 540 meters.
The incident, which occurred on Sunday morning, is likely to heighten tensions between the two nations, which are at odds over Syria and the Turkish shooting down of a Russian military jet last month… see more