Turkey releases Russian journalists detained for filming drone facilities

Turkey on Monday released two Russian journalists and a Turkish citizen detained for filming a drone facility without authorisation, Deutsche Welle Turkish reported.

The Russian nationals, journalist Alexei Petrushko and camera operator Ivan Malyshkin, were taken to an Istanbul courthouse for a questioning by prosecutors before their release, it said.

Earlier on Monday, the Kremlin called for the quick release of the Russian journalists detained in Turkey for filming a drone facility without authorisation.

Russian diplomats are in contact with Turkish officials to secure the release of the pair working with NTV channel "in the near future," the Moscow Times cited Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov as telling reporters. 

Russia would "take all possible steps" to help them, Peskov said.

The two journalists were detained on Thursday while filming near a drone manufacturing facility near Istanbul. The pair was allegedly working at the facilities of Baykar, the country’s leading drone manufacturer, without accreditation.

Turkish officials have launched an investigation into the incident while the detention of the Russian journalists was extended for three days on the orders of the chief prosecutor on Friday.