The attack took place, according to Moscow, at 02:30 GMT, while the Russian ship was “carrying out tasks aimed at ensuring the safe operation of the Turkish gas pipelines, Turkish Stream and Blue Stream”, which export Russian gas to the Turkey.
In its statement, the ministry said that the Russian forces had reinforced their measures to protect energy installations and supply lines following the attack on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines last September.
The Russian ministry said that “all enemy boats were destroyed by regular fire from a Russian ship 140 km northeast of the Bosphorus Strait”.
It should be noted that several incidents involving Russian warships or aircraft have occurred in the Black Sea since the start of the Russian military operation against Ukraine on February 24, 2022. In March, two Russian fighters intercepted a drone American, knocking him into the water. This caused a slight escalation of tensions between Washington and Moscow.
In April 2022, Ukraine announced that it had sunk the main ship of the Russian Black Sea fleet, the Moskva, with missiles, citing an ammunition accident on board.
The area is also used to export Ukrainian grain, a staple food for countries in Africa and Asia, under a United Nations-Turkey-sponsored deal. This agreement was extended last week for two months.
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