Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu: Turkey opposes the entry of new military vessels in the Black Sea
Turkey strictly observes the requirements of the Montreux Convention and opposes the intensification of wars in the region and the entry of new military vessels in the Black Sea, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
“We called and continue to call on the sides to establish contacts. Ankara has excellent relations with both states. That is why we did not support the sanctions. But, of course, we reject war, strictly adhering to the requirements of the Montreux Convention. We even went further, calling for a dialogue with Moscow as a NATO member,” Çavuşoğlu said, according to Anadolu Agency.
The Head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry underlined that “Ankara opposes the escalation of wars in the region and the entry of new military vessels into the Black Sea.
The Montreux Convention was adopted in 1936. It preserves freedom of passage through the straits for merchant ships both in peacetime and in wartime, but the regimes are different for all. At the same time, the document limits the stay in the Black Sea of warships of non-Black Sea states for a period of three weeks. In emergency situations, Turkey has the right to prohibit or limit the passage of the military through the Bosporus and the Dardanelles.