Turkey slams Russian missile launcher ‘provocation’
Russian warship named “Yamal” and numbered “156” is passing through the Dardanelles Strait en route to the Mediterranean Sea, near Canakkale, Turkey, Tuesday - AP

ANKARA: Turkey’s foreign minister has called on Russia to end “provocative acts” after Turkish media captured images of a Russian soldier apparently pointing a missile launcher as his warship navigated through the Bosporus on its way to the Mediterranean.

Mevlut Cavusoglu said Monday Turkey had had made the necessary response over Sunday’s incident which came amid escalating Russian-Turkish tensions following Turkey’s downing of a Russian plane.

Cavusoglu did not provide details but said: “The ship’s passage in such a way was an openly provocative passage. This has to end.”

The minister renewed a call for the two sides to overcome tensions through diplomatic means and for Russia to halt punitive sanctions on Turkey.

Cavusoglu added: “We are asking Russia to act as a more mature state.”

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