MOSCOW, December 13. The crew of the patrol ship of the Russian Navy quite rightly fired warning shots in the direction seiner Turkey in the Aegean sea, as the fishing boat can be filled with explosives to perpetrate attacks on a warship. This view was expressed in the Sunday editor of the magazine “national defense” Igor Korotchenko.
The defense Ministry warned Ankara about the possible consequences of action against military of the Russian Federation
As previously reported in the defense Ministry, Sunday morning in the Aegean sea to the crew of the patrol ship “sharp-witted” had to open precautionary fire in the direction of Seiners under the flag of Turkey “Hececiler Balik Chilik”, which went directly into “patrol”. As a result of the Turkish ship turned away. The Ministry of defence was urgently summoned to the Turkish military attaché, urged him to warn Ankara about the possible consequences of such episodes.
“Russian Navy acted in accordance with the evolving situation. They could not rule out that the Turkish ship was going to RAM or could be mined to serve as a floating bomb,” – said korochenko. “Any craft can be used as a fire-ship (a ship filled with explosives to destroy enemy ships – approx.TASS) to undermine the ship. And such a vessel as a boat, you can lay several tons of explosives, ” – said the expert.
He recalled that in the autumn of 2000 in the port of Aden at anchor using a booby-trapped motor boat suicide bombers, was attacked and heavily damaged the U.S. destroyer “Cole”. The ship got large hole, there were victims among the crew. According to Korotchenko, given the episode today, any fighting ship of the U.S. Navy “just once would have opened the seiner on fire in the event of unauthorized convergence”.
The Ministry of defense: “watchman” of the Russian Navy, the fire drove away the Turkish boat, to avoid collision
“So the crew “Clever” is absolutely legitimate. And what’s more, the crew of “sharp-witted” has been humanely – opening warning fire, he gave the opportunity to the Turkish ship to leave aside. We just demonstrated our readiness to thwart any potential hostile action, and to determine at a distance what is guided by a master of a foreign vessel, which ignored repeated warnings, it is impossible”, – said the expert.
Speaking about the reasons for the actions of the Turkish Seiners, Korotchenko expressed the view that “it looks like a planned provocation, because any civilian captain understands the consequences of entering a warship with such intentions that can be interpreted in two ways”.