TURKEY’S Foreign minister has said patience with Russia “has a limit” after a Russian warship fired a warning shot at a Turkish ship in the Aegean Sea, raising tensions further between the two nations
Mevlut Cavusoglu said Moscow’s reaction to the Turkish boat was “exaggerated” and an over-reaction.
Speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra he said: “Ours was only a fishing boat, it seems to me that the reaction of the Russian naval ship was exaggerated.
“Russia and Turkey certainly have to re-establish the relations of trust that we have always had, but our patience has a limit.”
Just moments after his comments a Russian Black Sea corvette forced a commercial vessel under a Turkish flag to change course after it got in the way of a Crimean energy firm’s boats towing oil rigs.
Russian company Chernomorneftegaz said the Turkish boat had to be moved out of the way.
It comes after a Russian warship fired a warning shot at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean Sea yesterday morning.
Russia said the shots were fired at a Turkish shipping vessel in order to avoid a collision.
They said in a statement that the boat had approached to 600m.
The Russian ship had been unable to make radio contact and the Turkish vessel did not respond to flares or visual signals.
After the Russian “guard ship” Smetlivy fired warning shots, the Turkish ship changed course, passing to within 540m.