The Turkish Defense chief has declared that eroding the Montreux Convention governing the Turkish Straits would benefit none.
With the Russia-Ukraine war full swing, the provisions of the Montreux Convention of 1936 have come under spotlight. The pact controls access to the Black Sea, including coastal countries like Ukraine.
Speaking to reporters, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said: “Over the years, the status quo of Montreux has been maintained very successfully. While the convention is beneficial to all riparian countries, it also regulates the entry and exit of (ships of) other countries to the Black Sea.”
Then Minister clarified that Turkiye will continue to implement the pact, particularly Articles 19, 20 and 21.
“We see benefit in maintaining the Montreux Convention. We continue our work within this framework. We consider it is beneficial for all parties to comply with the rules brought by Montreux,” he added.
The 1936 convention gives Turkiye the authority to ban warships from the straits during times of war.