Turkey cancels a number of NATO military exercises due to the Montreux Convention

Turkey has canceled and postponed a number of NATO military exercises in connection with the provisions of the Montreux Convention on the exclusion of warships from the Black Sea, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

Turkey cancels a number of NATO military exercises due to the Montreux Convention

The Montreux Convention was adopted in 1936. It preserves for merchant ships the freedom of passage through these straits both in peacetime and in wartime, but the regimes are different for everyone. 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 restrict the passage of warships through the Bosporus and Dardanelles.

“We are within the process (on Ukraine – ed.), we have taken on a mediating role. And everyone encourages this role. Will Turkey be able to play this role if it gets involved in sanctions (against Russia – ed.). Each visit benefits from our role and many of those who see the benefit of our non-sanctions policy, led by the countries of Europe.We introduced the Montreux Convention, we are forced to leave the airspace open.Even going beyond the Convention, we ask Russia for ships, there were NATO exercises that were We have canceled them, postponed them. That is, we play an important role,” Cavusoglu said, answering questions from editors at the Anadolu agency.

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