Turkey has summoned the Russian ambassador in Ankara to protest against recent provocative acts of a Russian warship.
The move comes as tensions have been rising between Ankara and Moscow after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet on Nov. 24.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu summoned the Russian ambassador in Ankara on Monday to protest against what he called “provocative acts” by a Russian warship that passed through the Bosphorus Strait.
A Russian soldier was seen holding a surface-to-air missile in firing position on the deck of warship “Caesar Kunikov” when it was passing through the Bosphorus on Sunday.
Turkish Foreign Ministry said Ankara obeyed relevant international convention and had not blocked any Russian ships from passing through the Bosphorus.
Tensions have been escalating between Ankara and Moscow after Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 fighter jet on Nov. 24.
Ankara claimed the Russian warplane had violated Turkish airspace while Moscow insisted that its warplane had stayed over Syria during its flight.