ÇANAKKALE – Doğan News Agency
A logistics ship belonging to the Russian
navy has encountered a Turkish submarine passing through the Dardanelles toward the Marmara Sea, accompanied by a Turkish coast guard boat.
The 133-meter ship, the Yauda, arrived at the Dardanelles from the Aegean Sea at around 10 a.m. on Nov. 30.
A tense moment was when the navy ship encountered a Turkish submarine across the shores of Çanakkale's Eceabat.
The Yauda reached the coast of Çanakkale in an hour and five minutes and traversed the strait by 1:15 p.m.
The crossing is also noteworthy due to its timing, as it came during a period in which Turkish-Russian relations have been strained due to Turkey’s downing of a Russian
fighter jet due to its violation of Turkish airspace despite repetitive warnings on Nov. 24.
The Kremlin has been demanding an apology, while Turkey insists its move was defensive and that the crisis only occurred because Russia
violated Turkish airspace.
“No country can ask us to apologize [for the incident] because [we were] doing our job,” Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu
said Nov. 30, during a joint press conference with NATO
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.