Burak Gezen / Çanakkale, Dec 1 () - A logistics ship belonging to the Russian Navy has passed through the Dardanelles toward the Marmara Sea, accompanied by a Turkish coast guard boat.
The 133-meter ship, the Yauda, arrived at the Dardanelles from the Aegean Sea at around 10 a.m. on Nov. 30. The Yauda reached the coast of Çanakkale in an hour and five minutes and traversed the strait by 1:15 p.m. During its navigation, the ship also came across a submarine.
The crossing is noteworthy due to its timing, as it came during a period in which Turkish-Russian relations have been strained due to Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet due to its violation of Turkish airspace despite repetitive warnings on Nov. 24.
The Kremlin has been demanding an apology, while Turkey insists its move was defensive and that the crisis only occurred because Russia violated Turkish airspace.
“No country can ask us to apologize [for the incident] because [we were] doing our job,” Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Nov. 30, during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.