Turkey confirms closing the Dardanelles and Bosphorus straits to Russian warships

27 February, 11:29 PM
Russian warships in the Black Sea (Photo:Russian Navy/Facebook)

Russian warships in the Black Sea (Photo:Russian Navy/Facebook)

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has announced the implementation of the Montreux Convention due to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The pact regulates the passage of naval warships through the Dardanelles and Bosphorus straits.

The minister confirmed the news during a live interview on CNN Türk. He called Russia’s actions a war, not “a special military operation” as declared by the Kremlin.

Cavusoglu added that Russian warships will be able to pass through the straits to return to their bases.

“Under the Montreux Convention, naval warships of states at war do not have the right to pass through the Dardanelles and Bosphorus straits controlled by Turkey."

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Volodymyr Zelensky previously held talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. They agreed on the importance of banning Russian warships from the Black Sea.

Earlier, Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey, Vasyl Bondar, asked Ankara to close the Dardanelles and Bosphorus straits to Russian navy vessels, as Russia had started a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. 

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