Source: Russian ship and Turkish submarine crossed the Strait of the Dardanelles by accident

Source: Russian ship and Turkish submarine crossed the Strait of the Dardanelles by accident

MOSCOW, December 1. The reports that a Turkish submarine was accompanied by the Russian ship in the Strait of the Dardanelles, are “far-fetched”, since in this region a very busy shipping traffic and the submarine crossed with a ship of the Russian Navy accidentally, said a military-diplomatic source.

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Media: Turkish submarine was met by Maritime transport of the Russian Navy in the Dardanelles

Earlier, Turkish newspaper Milliyet reported that Turkish submarine, on 1 December received a big cargo and passenger sea transport of the Russian Navy “Yauza” when he passed through the Strait of Dardanelles from Aegean sea to Marmara.

While originally a Russian ship, as required by the protocols, accompanied the boat of the Turkish coast guard, a submarine of the Turkish Navy met him at the entrance to the Marmara sea. She on the surface was several hundred meters from a Russian transport, moving in the opposite direction in the Aegean sea, says the publication.

“Absolutely contrived situation”

“This is a totally contrived situation. Strait bilateral and coincided so that by civilian ships were submarine.

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As the Russian military ships and vessels of other fleets pass the Straits in both directions. Thus, according to the rules of the sea, submarines of any Navy overcome them in a very the surface. And to meet them, obviously, will always come across a variety of civil court”, – said the Agency interlocutor.

According to him, the ships differ in accordance with the international rules of the Straits (the Montreux Convention), and submarines in such “difficult” navigation conditions “will not be anyone to accompany”.

No reason for reasoning about the tension

“Meeting and divergence of ships in the Strait of the Dardanelles is not a reason to talk about the tension in the region. This is a regular principle of motion, similar to persistent traffic on the busy motorway. Of course, there are nuances – in the Straits when the weather is bad, we restrict the movement of all vessels to avoid collisions or other accidents. This is why one of the parties to hold any ships, and they will not necessarily be Russian,” concluded the source.