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Russia fires on Turkish ship to 'avoid collision'.

MOSCOW (TAP) - A Russian warship anchored in the Aegean Sea fired warning shots at a Turkish fishing vessel on Sunday, after, it claimed, sending several warnings that did not deter the ship from coming within 600 meters of the Smetlivy destroyer.

The incident occurred on Sunday 22 kilometers north of the Greek island of Limnos in the Aegean Sea, according to a statement from the Russian Defence Ministry.

The Russian Defence Ministry summoned Turkey's military attache in Moscow to communicate its "deep concerns" about Turkish "provocations," and warned about "the potentially disastrous consequences from Ankara's reckless actions towards Russia's military contingent fighting against international terrorism in Syria," according to the Ministry's statement.

Speaking to Turkish media Sunday, the country's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said more information was needed from the crew aboard the Turkish fishing boat before a proper response could be issued.

"We are not on the side of escalating tension, we are on the side of de-escalating tense situations through dialogue," Cavusoglu said.

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Publication:Agency Tunis Afrique Press
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Date:Dec 14, 2015
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