Ukraine threatens Russia to close Turkey's Bosphorus

Ukraine threatens Russia to close Turkey's Bosphorus

Kiev would ask the international community to close the passage of the Bosphorus Strait to Russian warships, commander of the naval forces of Ukraine Igor Voronchenko said.

"As the commander of the naval forces, I ask and express my confidence that the international community will still make a decision and recognise that there was an act of aggression against the state of Ukraine ," Sputnik cited him as saying. 

"We will try to ask for the closing of the passage of the Bosphorus Strait in the Republic of Turkey," Voronchenko said, speaking at the second International Maritime Security Conference in Kiev.

The commander of the naval forces of Ukraine said it would be achieved in line with article 19 of the 1936 Montreux Convention regarding the Regime of the Straits, which gives Turkey control of the Bosphorus Straits and the Dardanelles and regulates the passage of naval warships.

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) reported on November 25 that three Ukrainian warships had breached the Russian state border on Sunday morning and later attempted to carry out illegal maneuvers in Russia’s territorial waters later. The Ukrainian vessels ignored the legitimate demands of the Coast Guard of the FSB Border Service and the Black Sea Fleet to immediately halt, and end performing dangerous maneuvers. As a result of blatantly disregarding the orders, a chase involving some gunfire ensued in order to stop the Ukrainian ships, which were detained in Russian territorial waters.

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