Turkish attache summoned to Defense Ministry over Aegean Sea incident

Russian ship Smetlivy prevented a collision with a Turkish seine boat

The crew of the Russian surveillance ship Smetlivy, sailing 22 kilometers off the Greek Island of Lemnos in the northern part of the Aegean Sea, prevented a collision with a Turkish seine boat on December 13, 2015, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry has reported.

"At 9:03 a.m. Moscow time, the ship's sailors on duty detected a Turkish vessel at a distance of some 1,000 meters that was approaching the starboard side of the anchored surveillance ship Smetlivy," the press service said.

"Despite numerous attempts made by the Smetlivy, the crew of the Turkish seine boat refused to establish radio contact with the Russian sailors and did not respond to special visual signals sent with a signal lamp and rocket flares. As the Turkish seine boat sailed about 600 meters close to the Russian surveillance ship, in order to prevent the ships' collision, small arms were used along the Turkish vessel's path at a guaranteed survivability distance," it said.

"Immediately after that, the Turkish vessel abruptly changed course and, without establishing contact with the Russian crew, continued to sail past the surveillance ship Smetlivy at a distance of 540 meters," the ministry's press service said.

"In light of the incident in the Aegean Sea, Deputy Defense Minister of the Russian Federation Anatoly Antonov has summoned the military attache of Turkey's Embassy in Russia to the Russian Foreign Ministry," it said.

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