Erdogan To Lead NATO Challenge Against Russia on Black Sea?

Demirtas warns that Erdogan is making a radical departure from Turkey’s historically cautious policy regarding the Black Sea, which is based on the 1937 Montreux Convention. The Convention gives all countries access through the Bosporus Straits, but bans passage to aircraft carriers from non-Black Sea states, thus keeping U.S. carriers out. Turkey has also traditionally assured the U.S. Navy kept a low profile in the region.Erdogan is currently changing this policy. Demirtas refers to a speech Erdogan made last week at a meeting of visiting chiefs of staff from Balkan countries. He was reported telling the visiting NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg, “You are not visible in the Black Sea. And your invisibility in the Black Sea turns it into a Russian lake, so to speak’…. As NATO members, we should take all required steps in all spheres, including the sea, air, and land. ”

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