• Tue. Jun 21st, 2022

Turkey cancels NATO exercises in the Black Sea

ByJanice K. Merrill

Jun 1, 2022

“We have assumed a role of mediator in this process [the Ukraine conflict] … But will Turkey be able to play this role if it gets involved in the sanctions? [against Russia] … And there are many who see the value of our policy of non-sanctions, led by European countries. We have introduced the Montreux Convention, we are obliged to keep our airspace open. Even beyond the Convention, we ask Russia about the ships, there were NATO exercises that were planned in advance. We have canceled and postponed them. In other words, we play an important role,” Cavusoglu told Anadolu reporters.

The minister added that the West had questions about Turkey not imposing sanctions on Moscow, but Ankara will not change its position, The Print reported.

The Montreux Convention of 1936 limits the access of non-riparian warships (those not belonging to states bordering this body of water) to the Black Sea in terms of duration, tonnage and armaments. If a humanitarian sealift through the Dardanelles is assembled to transport desperately needed agricultural products to Odessa for global distribution to avert starvation and requires naval escorts, Turkey is the sole enforcer to allow or deny vessel transit of war.