By the way, a representative of the Operational Command of the DPR, Eduard Basurin, spoke about Kiev’s readiness for provocations. According to Colonel Basurin, Kiev is ready to carry out sabotage against civilian vessels in the Sea of Azov.
In an interview with the Ukrainian 5 channel, owned by Petro Poroshenko, Poltorak said:
Exactly ready (to confront Russia). We draw conclusions from what is happening in the Azov Sea. We have there (in the Black Sea) room for maneuver and escalating efforts. Russia is not the full owner of the Black Sea, because there are NATO countries there, their interests are there.
According to Poltorak, the possibilities of Ukraine on the Black Sea are significantly greater than in the Sea of Azov.
Meanwhile, experts believe that all these statements may have as their main goal the dissolution of another international fundamental treaty. This is the Montreux Convention of the 1936 year. It emphasizes the sovereignty of Turkey over the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits and determines the character of the military courts of non-Black Sea states in the Black Sea basin. Thus, the Convention says that the total tonnage of military vessels of non-Black Sea states in the Black Sea cannot exceed 30 thousand tons (with the possibility of increasing to 45 thousand tons in the case of an increase in naval forces of the Black Sea countries). At the same time, the tenure of military ships of non-Black Sea states limits 21 to days.
If the United States easily tears up the INF Treaty, then they may well push through the idea that the Montreux Convention is not necessary to be observed. How will Turkey react to this, given that someone’s refusal to comply with the Montreux Convention automatically casts doubt on Turkish sovereignty over the straits mentioned above?