Turkey has banned the passage of warships through the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles
Turkey announced today that it will implement an international convention that allows it to close the passages at the entrance to the Black Sea for warships of “warring countries”.Turkey has banned all warships from entering the Black Sea through the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles, whether countries enter the Black Sea or not, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt vuavuşoğlu said tonight.

“We have warned the countries, whether they go to the Black Sea or not, not to send their warships across the Black Sea. We are applying the provisions of the Montreux Convention, which gives Ankara the right to manage those two waterways,” the minister said.

According to the 1936 Montreux Convention, Turkey has the right to ban the use of the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles during the war. Ukraine has asked Turkey to implement the convention and ban access to Russian warships.

According to the convention, Turkey can also grant an exception for the passage of ships returning to their ports, so this has caused some confusion about the application of the ban, as some ships have ports in the Black Sea.

Turkey has criticized Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine but is also trying to balance its close ties with Ukraine with its interests so as not to disrupt its fragile economic relationship with Russia.

By Editor

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