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Russian-run firm reports new incident with Turkish vessel

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A Russian-run energy company in Crimea said on Monday that a Turkish vessel did not give way to a convoy of Russian ships, including a destroyer, which was transporting drilling rigs in the Black Sea.

“Acting in violation of international norms preventing a collision of ships at sea and commonly accepted norms of navigation, a Turkish vessel did not give way to the convoy,” Chernomorneftegaz, a state energy company based in the Crimea peninsula annexed by Moscow, said on Monday.

The company claimed in a statement that a trade vessel flying a Turkish flag had created “an emergency situation” and had not responded to radio signals.

A patrol boat of the Russian FSB security service’s border guard and a missile boat of the Russian Black Fleet forced the Turkish vessel to change course before the convoy continued its journey, the energy company said.

It did not specify when the incident took place.

The defence ministry did not immediately provide a comment.

The new incident involving Russian warships came after the defence ministry said a Russian destroyer in the Aegean Sea on Sunday opened fire to avoid a collision with a Turkish fishing boat.

Turkey last month downed a Russian bomber at the Syrian border, leading to the biggest crisis in ties between the two countries since the end of the Cold War.


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