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Turkey to close sea lanes under Montreux Convention

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Turkey to close sea lanes under Montreux Convention

Ankara, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) Turkey announced on Sunday the application of article 19 of the Montreux Convention which prohibits the passage through the Dardanelles and Bosphorus straits to military ships from countries involved in a war.
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This decision is valid as long as Ankara remains neutral, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu said in an interview with CNNTürk, referring to the special military operation Russia is carrying out in Ukraine.

In this way, the Turkish executive would activate this measure for the first time since World War II (1939-1945), based on its position of neutrality, according to the government, which has ruled out until now the option of breaking relations with either side.

Despite the fact that the Kremlin assured the deployment only seeks to guarantee the integrity of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, the West, led by the United States, attacked the Eurasian giant with sanctions which, according to the European Union, seek economic suffocation.

The Russian Defense Ministry assured that the attacks are not directed against Ukrainian cities nor do they endanger the civilian population, but rather they intend to disable the war infrastructure.

But in this scenario, several European nations rushed to evacuate their diplomatic headquarters in Kiev, and implement other actions such as the closure of airspace, imposing economic sanctions on Moscow.

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