Turkey ‘cannot stop Russia’
Turkey’s foreign minister said that Turkey cannot prevent Russian warships from approaching the Black Sea through its strait.
This is due to a provision in the international treaty that allows ships to return to their bases, according to the Turkish foreign minister.
Reuters reported: “Ukraine has called on Turkey to block Russian warships from passing through the Dardanelles and Bosphorus straits leading to the Black Sea, after Moscow on Thursday launched an all-out assault on Ukraine from the ground, on air and at sea.
“Russian forces landed in Ukraine’s Black Sea and Sea of Azov ports as part of the invasion.
“Under the 1936 Montreux Convention, Turkey has control of the straits and can restrict the passage of warships in times of war or if threatened, but this requirement has put NATO members in a difficult position. as it tries to manage its commitments to the West and close ties with Russia.
Speaking in Kazakhstan, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was studying Kyiv’s request but said Russia has the right under the Convention to return ships to their bases, in this case the Black Sea.
“So even if Turkey decides after a legal process to accept Ukraine’s request and close the strait to Russian warships, he said, it will only be prevented from going the other way, from the base.” their base to the Mediterranean.”
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