On the morning of February 28, our reporter saw on the official website of the local media “Discourse” in Odessa that Turkey has activated the provisions of the “Montreux Convention” and closed the Bosphorus Strait for the passage of Russian naval vessels. and the Dardanelles.
As early as on the 25th local time, Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu responded to Ukraine’s request for Turkey to close the Bosphorus and Dardanelles, saying that Turkey had received a formal request from Ukraine and hoped that Turkey would consider closing the strait. The Bosphorus and Dardanelles are closed to Russian warships.
Cavusoglu said that under the 1936 Montreux Convention, Turkey has the right to close the narrow Bosphorus and Dardanelles to foreign warships during the war. At present, the Turkish side is evaluating the current situation, and once it is deemed necessary, Turkey will close the strait.
Upstream journalists saw on the official website of Discourse. The article quoted Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu as saying: “Now it has become a war. This is not a military operation, this is an official state of war.”
Cavusoglu added that Turkey will comply with Article 19 of the Montreux Convention. According to reports, the provisions of this article are clear – warships of belligerent countries have no right to pass through the strait.