Turkiye has warned all countries against using the Turkish Straits for giving passage to warships since the Russia-Ukraine war started
“We warned all riparian and non-riparian countries not to let warships go through the straits,” Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters after a Cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara.
Cavusoglu added that Turkiye is implementing the Montreux Convention for the straits “to the fullest,” and will continue to do so.
“Until today, the Russians were asking whether we would implement Montreux if needed. We told them that we would strictly follow the convention,” he added.
Turkiye has the authority to not let the ships of warring countries go through its straits, explained the minister.
The 1936 convention gives Turkiye the authority to ban warships from the straits during times of war.