The Russian Black Sea Fleet held a joint exercise with the Turkish Navy, according to Russian and Turkish media.
Russian patrol ship Vasily Bykov and sea trawler Valentin Pikul, and Turkish navy corvette Burgazada and minesweeper Akçay took part in the drill conducted near the port of Novorossiysk, according to a release.
“During the drills, the patrol ship Vasily Bykov, the sea-going minesweeper Valentin Pikul of the Novorossiysk naval base held joint Russian-Turkish drills with the foreign corvette Burgazada and the minesweeper Akcay,” the press office said in a statement.
The statement also said the two countries’ forces worked together to simulate safe navigation of vessels out of a naval minefield.
After the drills, the Turkish warships reportedly left Russian waters.
This occured on March the 6th as part of the Turkish Navy’s Mavy Vatan-2019 exercise.
This comes not long after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan clarified speculation about Ankara’s deal with Moscow to Russian buy S-400 Triumf air defence systems, saying his government won’t cancel the deal, despite protests from Washington.
Turkey joined NATO in February 1952.