Monday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned Russian ambassador in Ankara Andrey Karlov on December 7 to protest the “provocative” passage of the Russian warship through Bosphorus Strait. Ankara warned the ambassador Karlov over such “provocative acts,” according to Turkish diplomatic sources, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Hurriyet Daily News.
Ankara presented photos of the Russian soldier on the warship “Caesar Kunikov”, published by the user Yörük Işık on Twitter, and stressed the Turkish public was uneasy over the footage, and there was a feeling the people’s security was threatened.
— Yörük Işık (@YorukIsik) 4 декабря 2015
The passage threatens the security of a coastal country, the ministry said, adding Russiashould respect the security needs of a coastal country according to the Montreux Convention.
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu also called on Russia to end the “provocative” passage of Russian warships through the Bosphorus Strait after photos emerged.
Turkey has not blocked any Russian ships passing through the Bosphorus and Ankarahas entirely obeyed the Montreux Convention, the minister said today, speaking on TV.