Russian intelligence ship sinks off Turkey's Black Sea coast

Russian intelligence ship sinks off Turkey's Black Sea coast

Russian intelligence ship sinks off Turkey's Black Sea coast

A Russian naval reconnaissance ship sank in the Black Sea on Thursday after colliding with a freighter. Turkish shipping agency GAC reported that collision was due to low visibility caused by fog.

The Turkish coast guard said it rescued 78 people from the Russian ship, which was later confirmed by the Russian authorities.

The ministry says the Liman has a hole as a result of the collision that occurred Thursday about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of the Bosphorus Strait.

Media identified the other ship involved in the collision as the Togo-flagged livestock carrier 'Youzarsif H'.

All crew on board the ship were rescued before it sank.

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Prime Minister Binali Yildirim spoke with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev by telephone about the incident.

No information was immediately available about the state of the Youzarsif H, or its crew or cargo.

Russian warships have travelled frequently through the Bosphorus Strait to and from the Syrian coast, where a navy presence has been deployed to bolster Russia's air campaign in support of President Bashar al-Assad. The Russian cargo ship Ulus Star was in vicinity and headed to the scene of the accident and evacuated all the crew from the troubled navy ship. The 17-mile waterway connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.

"The Liman" was built during Soviet times in Poland and commissioned in 1970.

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