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Turkey Summons Russian Envoy Over Alleged Rocket Launcher on Ship

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

December 7, 2015

Turkey summoned the Russian ambassador on Monday after accusing Russia of a "provocation" after a serviceman on the deck of a Russian naval ship allegedly brandished a rocket launcher while the vessel passed through Istanbul at the weekend.

Relations have deteriorated sharply since Turkey last month became the first NATO member in more than half a century to down a Russian plane, which it said had violated its airspace while flying sorties over Syria. The pilot was killed.
(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz)

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