Russian Navy vessel Moscow is on its way from Syria. January 9, the missile cruiser exited the Aegean Sea and crossed the Dardanelles, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported.
No further information on the ship’s route was available.
The diplomatic relations between Moscow and Ankara worsened rapidly when Turkey downed Russian bomber Su-24 in November 2015. According to information provided by the Turkish side and NATO, the Russian aircraft crossed the Turkish border. Russia, on the contrary, says that the bomber never left the Syrian territory.
As is known, in September 2015, the Kremlin sent an air wing of Russia’s Armed Forces to Syria – at the request of Syrian President Bashaar al-Assad. As the military campaign in the country continues, the air wing and a number of naval vessels from Russia participate in it.
After the downing of Su-24, Russian leader Vladimir Putin accused Turkey of trading oil with the ISIS. Turkish Premier Recep Tayip Erdogan said in turn that he had evidence of Russian citizens involved in the trade. According to the U.S. data, part of the oil supplies coming from the ISIS is in fact illegally shipped to Turkey, but the key customer of this oil is the regime of al-Assad in Syria.
Earlier, 112 International reported that Russian Navy missile crusier Varyag heads to Syria to replace another Russian ship, Moscow.