Russian ships guarded during Bosphorus crossing amid ISIS threat

The Russian Navy's frigate Admiral Grigorovich sails in the Bosphorus on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. 4, 2016.

The Russian Navy's frigate Admiral Grigorovich sails in the Bosphorus on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. 4, 2016.

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Turkish intelligence received information about possible attacks

Turkish intelligence has received information about possible attacks by militants of the Islamic State on Russian naval ships, which pass through the Bosphorus, Turkey’s Haberturk newspaper writes on May 16, TASS reports.

According to the paper, Islamic State allegedly has plans to shell Russian warships with long barreled guns or portable missile launchers. Such onshore attacks can be carried out in those parts of the strait where ships approach the shore.

Acting on this potential threat, the Turkish police identified 146 such spots and beefed up security there. Besides, every Russian ship is escorted by a police helicopter and two Turkish Coast Guard boats.

Russian Navy vessels regularly cross Turkey’s straits while on their way towards the Mediterranean and Black Seas as part of its rotation and operational requirement to carry out combat operations off Syria’s coast.

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