Montreux Statement by Çavuşoğlu, phone call with Blinken

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Regarding the Montreux Convention, which came to the agenda again due to the Russia-Ukraine tension, “We warned all riparian and non-riparian countries not to let warships pass through the straits.” made the statement.

After the Presidential Cabinet Meeting, Minister Çavuşoğlu made statements regarding the Montreux Straits Convention, which is on the agenda with the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and the passages through the straits.

Stating that in case of war, Turkey is a party to the war, the authority and savings in the straits are completely given to Turkey, Çavuşoğlu said:

“If Turkey is not a party to the war, the warring countries have the authority not to pass their ships through the strait. If the warship is returning to its base in the Black Sea, the passage is not blocked. We apply the Montreux provisions. We warned all riparian and non-riparian countries against passing warships through the straits. We applied what Montreux said, and we will do it from now on. To date, there has been no request for passage or passage through the straits. Until now, the Russians were asking if we would implement Montreux if needed. We were telling them that we would strictly follow the agreement.”

At the same time, US Secretary of State Blinken wrote on his twitter account that he spoke with Çavuşoğlu on the phone, reiterating the US’s condemnation of Russia’s actions and emphasizing that they will maintain close coordination to support Ukraine, its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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