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Ukraine crisis: Turkey does not block Russian ships

Dardanelles Strait allows passage from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has answered negatively to the request of the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who had asked Turkey -NATO member (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) near to Russia- to close the Dardanelles strait that allows the entrance in the Black Sea. The goal of Kiev was to prevent the access of Moscow's warships.

This was stated by a Turkish government official to the German news agency "DPA". According to the Montreux Convention signed in 1936, Ankara has control over the Bosporus and the Dardanelles Strait, which connect the Black Sea with the Mediterranean Sea. In wartime only merchant ships could freely cross this arm of the sea, while military ships could only transit to return to their port of departure. 

The ambassador of Kiev in Ankara, Vasly Bodnar, had officially asked Turkey to close the strait to Russian units. Turkey, despite the green light to the closure of the strait to the Turkish navy, aims to maintain good economic and political relations with Russia and Ukraine, without alienating either of the two states, but working on a ceasefire. 

On the same subject see also the article published by AVIONEWS.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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