Russian spy ship sinks in Black Sea

A Russian spy ship has sunk in the Black Sea after colliding with a Turkish freighter.

On Thursday, the Russian naval reconnaissance ship Liman was about 25 miles northwest of the Bosphorus Strait near the Turkish coast when it collided with the Turkish vessel, leaving a hole in its hull, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

A Turkish coastal official told Reuters that almost 80 personnel were safely evacuated from the Russian ship, and no one was hurt. Reuters also reported the collision occurred in foggy conditions with poor visibility.

Anadolu Agency, Turkey’s state-run news agency, reported that Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim spoke by phone with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev soon after the collision to express his “sadness” over the event.

Russian spy ships were used to provoke the Trump administration earlier this year when two vessels came within 17 miles of land along the United States’ eastern coast.

See the report about Russian spy ships along the U.S. coast in February:

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