Russia's prime minister has condemned Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in a major victory for Turkey.
Turkey, which is hosting a 22-nation security summit, is seeking international condemnation for the May 31 raid on a Turkish ship that killed nine pro-Palestinian activists.
Israel says its soldiers began shooting only after a mob of activists attacked them.
Putin and Erdogan (Photo: AFP)
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Tuesday "we condemn this act," and expressed concern that it was conducted in international waters. He was speaking at a news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
"Such actions against a civilian ship are unacceptable," Putin said after the meeting. "These actions in international waters are especially concerning, and undoubtedly require a thorough investigation.
A Turkish government official said Israel was trying to block an attempt by Turkey to insert a strong condemnation of Israel into a joint summit statement.
Ynet contributed to this report