This screenshot made from a news video footage shows members of Russian and Ukrainian delegations locked in scuffle at the Turkish parliament building on May 5, 2023.
ANKARA – Russian and Ukrainian delegates had scuffles during a meeting of Black Sea countries in Ankara, the Turkish parliament speaker confirmed on Friday.
The brawl broke out late Thursday at a meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation in the Turkish parliament building.
When the head of the Russian delegation began to deliver a speech, people from the Ukrainian delegation started to raise banners and flags, and speak loudly, Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop told reporters on Friday.
This platform is not a platform for these things to happen.
Mustafa Sentop, Speaker, Turkish Parliament
Then a moment of brawl erupted between the delegations of the two countries.
Sentop said he came up to intervene, "but later on, I heard that such actions and provocations continued even after I left".
Local media reported that later on, a Ukrainian delegate unfurled the Ukrainian flag behind the Russian delegation’s deputy head Olga Timofeeva while she was being interviewed outside the conference room.
News footage showed that a Russian delegate came up and snatched the flag before a clash broke out between him and the Ukrainian delegate.
"This platform is not a platform for these things to happen," Sentop said.