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Turkey introduces fivefold hike in fees for passage through its straits

The Turkish government has increased by a factor of five the transit fee it charges commercial ships to use the Bosporus and Dardanelles, in...

[ANALYSIS] Sinking of Moskva sparks debate on future of Russian navy and Montreux

Fatih Yurtsever* The Russian Navy's flagship in the Black Sea, the Slava cruiser RTS Moskva (121), sank on April 14 due to "stormy seas," according...

[ANALYSIS] Can Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 enter the Black Sea to clear floating mines?

Fatih Yurtsever* Recognizing Russia's invasion of Ukraine as a "war," Turkey closed the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits to Russian and Ukrainian warships, invoking Article 19...

[ANALYSIS] Could Turkey become Europe’s security provider in the Black Sea with radar and TF-2000 frigates?

Fatih Yurtsever* The military operation launched by Russia last Thursday to invade Ukrainian territory continues on three axes. The Russians have taken Ukraine's coastline in...

Turkey urges respect for Montreux Convention after closing straits to warships

Turkey is calling on all sides in the Ukraine crisis to respect an international pact on passage through the Turkish straits to the Black...

Turkey warns countries not to pass warships through straits

Turkey said Monday it warned both Black Sea and non-Black Sea countries not to pass warships from the key Bosporus and Dardanelles straits in...

[ANALYSIS] Will Montreux be applied to warships transiting the Istanbul Canal?

Fatih Yurtsever* Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar reaffirmed Ankara's loyalty to the 1936 Montreux Convention, one of the founding treaties of today's Turkish Republic, which...

[ANALYSIS] How the Russia-Ukraine crisis will impact the Montreux Convention

Fatih Yurtsever* The Russia-Ukraine crisis, which began with the Russian Federation's annexation of Crimea in 2014, has evolved into a Russia-NATO-US crisis. As NATO’s leading...

Russia says reassured by Turkey about controversial canal

Russia on Wednesday said Turkey had reassured it that a planned canal aimed at easing traffic on the Bosporus would not lead to a...

Former Turkish lawmakers issue statement in support of admirals’ treaty warning

Dozens of former Turkish lawmakers issued a statement on Monday in support of another statement from retired admirals who criticized a canal project in...

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