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    Aegean Sea Incident With Turkey: Next Time 'Russia Should Act Tougher'

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    If Turkish military vessels continue to breach international regulations and approach Russian ships without following proper procedures, the Russian Navy should act in accordance with an existing maritime law, said Leonid Kalashnikov, Russia’s State Duma International Affairs Committee deputy head.

    "If the Turkish vessel was expected to do certain requirements, which had to be fulfilled at that time and it didn't perform them, then we [Russia] shouldn't hold back and act according to laws prescribed by things for which we're here for, that's it," Kalashnikov said.

    According to Kalashnikov, such actions only aggravate the overall relationship between Russia and Turkey, which is already tense at the moment.

    Earlier today the crew of Russia's "Smetlivy" destroyer was forced to use firearms to prevent a collision with a Turkish seiner vessel in the northern part of the Aegean Sea, according to Russia's Ministry of Defense.

    The destoyer's crew spotted an approaching Turkish ship at a distance of approximately one kilometer (0.6 miles). The seiner did not attempt to establish radio contact with the Russian ship and did not respond to signal lamps or flairs.

    Upon the Turkish seiner's dangerously close approach to the anchored "Smetlivy" at a distance of 600 meters (656 yards), the Russian patrol ship fired a shot beyond the hitting range of the firearms to avoid collision.

    According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Turkish vessel immediately changed its course and, without contacting the Russian crew, kept moving by the "Smetlivy" destroyer at a distance of 540 meters (590 yards).

    Following the incident, a military attaché at the Turkish embassy in Moscow was urgently summoned to the Russian Defense Ministry by Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov.

    The incident comes amid Russian-Turkish tensions following the downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber by the Turkish Air Force over Syria on November 24. 

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    • jasin reply tostevenrobertchurchill(Show commentHide comment)
      stevenrobertchurchill, Also, the "tougher response" suggested is most likely means avoiding getting that close to the vessel and I would agree with that.
    • dvdgrg09
      "If the Turkish vessel was expected to do certain requirements, which had to be fulfilled at that time and it didn't perform them, then we [Russia] shouldn't hold back and act according to laws prescribed by things for which we're here for, that's it,' Kalashnikov said."

      I guess that must have gone through a translating machine with a screw loose. Is there a machine that translates Blather into English?
    • goaismine
      Russia has to act if this " reckless and provcative actions " do not stop of course well knowing
      that is what Facist-Turkey wants in the hope NATO would help Turkey !
      This is a miscaluations by Facist-Turkey and will cost its price !
    • The Red Queenin reply towill.bov(Show commentHide comment)
      will.bov, a collision with a fishing vessel can be an issue. Especially if that vessel has bombs etc. This is high time for war. No need to down play the issue. Turkey vs bear. Bear wins.
    • marcanhalt
      "... already tense at the moment." Let's see, we have a steel hulled destroyer, no less, versus a fishing boat. Hmm,...I am going to go with the steel boat. And if it is "tense" it is because Turkey cannot get off from under its own conscience. When you don't have one to bother you, you will end up looking foolish. If present, and clear, so will your thinking be. So, where is the tenseness? Everyone should be careful with their words lest YOU are the one stirring the pot.
    • peaceactivist2
      Tougher action is what Turkey was hoping and planned for, because Turkey and her Nato member states are ready and want to challenge Russia militarily. Nato troops are gathering at Russia door steps for some times now, so these actions are meant to drag Russia to throw a punch and the gang of wolves would jump in to get their share.
    • Peter Mayson
      Russia must respond to these Turkish/NATO provocations..This can be done by simply declaring no go flight zones for Turkey over Syria and no go naval zones also offshore. Then any breach by Turkey will mean a shoot down or a sinking..Simple!
    • Peter Mayson
      Declare a no fly zone and a no go naval zone off and above Syria for Turkey. Simple!
    • tobi.gelando
      USA, NATO and Turkey behave like mad street dogs (sorry I don't like to offend street dogs) there have mental sick leaders without moral and honor who like to start WW III !!!
      Bravo Russia God bless Putin he is a man with Honor, Moral and brains .... we don't have in the west
    • cmat.wolfgangin reply toPeter Mayson(Show commentHide comment)
      Peter Mayson,
      yes, I wonder what Russia stops just doing that.
      It's kind of difficult to figure out what Russia really wants.
    • My GⓄⓄgle
      A warning shot across the bow is customary. If they don't back off, you put 10 of them right between the stern and the bow.
    • Baybars
      Every time there is a provocation and Russia handles it like this, two things happen; firstly those in the know gain more respect for how Russia is playing the game (and more disgust at how the U.S./NATO are acting), but secondly we wonder just what kind of action Russia is building up to? I don't want to be anywhere near the African/European continent when Russia decides she has had enough.
    • What we are seeing now are attempts of diversion. Get Russia engaged in a potentially dangerous situation with Turkey, get NATO involved, bring it to the brink of the war (which is not going to happen) and get Russia take off the focus of Syria.
    • rmpblue
      Using this exact same reasoning as Kalashnikov as stated in the article Turkey was absolutely right in shooting down the Russian fighter after having been warned several times and refusing to respond . . .and in fact Russia had more than once violated Turkey's airspace in the previous weeks.

      Similarly Russia should consider herself fortunate that the various European and other nations did not resort to the absolute limits of what the laws allow internationally during the previous 2-2 years when Russian subs and various planes have violated 'international norms' and national boundaries. It seems that if others were to use the same logic as this nationalistic 'tool' uses there would have been numerous downed Russian planes and sunken 'boats' in the past 1-2 yrears.

      Hypocrisocy is exposed to the world in spite of the continual Russian propaganda media and blather. The fact is Russia spouts a lot but knows the limits and respects those to the present date . . .Should that change it is Russia that will suffer humiliating defeats to the point of Putin's mad recourse of nuclear threats and realization. He has no other options in the end, save for defeat . . .
    • will.bovin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      If you consider that a provocation, then what are your views of the Russian sailer brandishing a rocket launcher while passing near Istanbul?
    • will.bovin reply toThor(Show commentHide comment)
      puffinwillow, the world is in a terrible state if ww3 will be caused by civilian fishing vessels!
    • will.bovin reply tostevenrobertchurchill(Show commentHide comment)
      stevenrobertchurchill, NATO who control all civilian fishing vessels. . . . . .
    • stevenrobertchurchillin reply towill.bov(Show commentHide comment)
      will.bov, only in the event of war, and russia and turkey are not at war.
    • will.bovin reply tostevenrobertchurchill(Show commentHide comment)
      stevenrobertchurchill, exactly so why is Russia feeling provoked by a fishing vessel?
    • stevenrobertchurchillin reply towill.bov(Show commentHide comment)
      will.bov, the russian ship was reoprtedly riding under anchor, and cannot maneuver, and would be flying flags, or light, (in darkness), the turkish ship must have seen this with radar, or visually from 600mtrs
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