The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported that the Turkish foreign Ministry summoned the Russian Ambassador to give an explanation regarding the photos with the Russian sailor posing on Board the landing ship «Caesar Kunikov» with MANPADS on the shoulder. On the eve of the foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu has called the incident a provocation.
In the Turkish media claim that photography on Board the Russian warship was made last Sunday while passing through the Bosphorus.
The Russian foreign Ministry, RIA Novosti reported, could not provide information about the call Ambassador «on the carpet».
Relations between the two countries escalated on November 24, after Turkish air force shot down a Russian su-24 bomber. According to the Russian side, the plane was over Syria. Turkey provided evidence that the plane, despite numerous warnings, violated the country’s airspace.
Moscow demanded that Ankara apology and introduced sanctions against Turkey. The representatives of the Turkish leadership stated that sorry about the death of the pilot, but refused to apologize. The Turkish President also stated that he did not give the order to attack.