Turkey cancels NATO drill in Black Sea, Çavuşoğlu says

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced that Turkey had cancelled or postponed some NATO drills in the Black Sea over the Montreux Convention provisions, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Tuesday.

In accordance with the Montreux Convention, Turkey has cancelled or postponed NATO's drills in the Black Sea, Çavuşoğlu told Anadolu Agency. The minister also emphasised that Turkey would impose sanctions on Russia.

“Turkey has a mediator role. This is a very important position. We have no intention to change it,” Çavuşoğlu said.

“We have applied the provisions of the Montreux Convention to warships, but the airspace should remain open. Outside of the convention, there have been requests from Russia, the United States for ships to pass,” the Turkish minister added.

The 1936 Montreux Convention gives Turkey rights to regulate the passage of warships through its Bosporus Straits to the Black Sea and to block the straits to warships of the warring sides, in a state of war.

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