As Russia detained eight commercial ships under Turkish flags in the Black Sea since the jet crisis had erupted between the two countries, Turkey has detained 27 Russian vessels in a retaliatory move, Russian Dozhd TV channel reported with reference to Turkish daily newspaper Habertürk.
According to unconfirmed information from the Turkish sources, the port inspectors deliberately disabled the equipment on board of one of the detained cargo vessels, MAHMUT SAKA, to create an objective reason for the detention.
Authorities in Ankara responsible for Turkey’s maritime industry activities confirmed the hostile Russian stance against Turkish-flagged ships under the guise of audit.
It is reported that Russian officials proposed talks to discuss ways to overcome this crisis, which has had an adverse impact on the two countries’ shipping trade. Maritime officials from Moscow and Ankara corresponded via e-mail over the mutual retaliations disruption of commercial sea traffic.
Full article: Turkey detains 27 Russian commercial ships in retaliation (UNIAN)