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Turkey: Russian ships wait hours to cross Bosphorus Strait00:59

Turkey: Russian ships wait hours to cross Bosphorus Strait

Turkey, near Istanbul
November 30, 2015 at 16:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

Several dozen containerships could be seen waiting at the meeting point of the Sea of Marmara into the Bosphorus Strait close to Istanbul, Monday afternoon.

According to several sources, vessels sailing under the Russian flag have to wait for hours to get into the stretch of water, while ships of other nations could enter without delay. Several websites following maritime traffic noticed that Russian ships on the spot have been making zig-zag and curvy moves since Sunday.

On Saturday Russia imposed economic sanctions on Turkey, which is being developed by the government in accordance with the decree of President Vladimir Putin. A full list of economic measures against Turkey may be published on December 1.

Tensions between Russia and Turkey have grown following the downing of one of the Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jets involved in Syrian operations, near Latakia. Turkey claims that its F-16 fighter jets shot down the plane for an alleged violation of their airspace, after purportedly warning the pilots 10 times. However, Russia has denied the claim it violated Turkish airspace.

Turkey: Russian ships wait hours to cross Bosphorus Strait00:59
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Several dozen containerships could be seen waiting at the meeting point of the Sea of Marmara into the Bosphorus Strait close to Istanbul, Monday afternoon.

According to several sources, vessels sailing under the Russian flag have to wait for hours to get into the stretch of water, while ships of other nations could enter without delay. Several websites following maritime traffic noticed that Russian ships on the spot have been making zig-zag and curvy moves since Sunday.

On Saturday Russia imposed economic sanctions on Turkey, which is being developed by the government in accordance with the decree of President Vladimir Putin. A full list of economic measures against Turkey may be published on December 1.

Tensions between Russia and Turkey have grown following the downing of one of the Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jets involved in Syrian operations, near Latakia. Turkey claims that its F-16 fighter jets shot down the plane for an alleged violation of their airspace, after purportedly warning the pilots 10 times. However, Russia has denied the claim it violated Turkish airspace.

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