- BY SAM RKAINA , KATYA GOLUBKOVA
The shots were fired to avoid a collision, a Russian spokesman said, adding the Turkish military attache had been summoned over the incident
A Russian warship has fired warning shots at Turkish vessel in the Aegean sea to avoid collision.
The Russian Defence Ministry today said one of its warships, the destroyer Smetlivy, had been 'forced' to fire warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean Sea.
The shots were fired to avoid a collision, a spokesman for Russia said, adding that it had summoned the Turkish military attache over the incident.
The Interfax news agency said the Turkish vessel, which the ministry did not name, had failed to respond to earlier warnings.
But it sharply changed course after shots were fired before passing within 500 metres of the Russian warship.
Turkish authorities have yet to comment on the incident.
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It's the latest in a series of tense developments between the two countries since Turkey shot down a Russian plane last month.