December 1 morning in the newspaper "Sight" there was a message about the difficulties with the passage of the Bosphorus. The publication referred to a number of sources.
According to the online tracking system for moving ships, 29 in November, Russian ships moved in zigzags and circles, long awaiting permission to enter the strait. The lines of movement of the courts of other countries on that day did not differ. The vessel "Bratsk" was waiting for permission from 10.00 to 19.00, "Volgobalt" - from 03.00 to 17.00. This information came from Center for Transport Strategies (Ukraine).
Site I Haberler.co wrote that the transport of the Russian Navy "Yauza" during the passage of the Dardanelles strait met the Turkish submarine. It was the morning of November 30 in Chenakkale. As evidence, the site led video and photos.
These publications, we add from ourselves, for other "analysts" have become an occasion to develop a "theme." Speculation of bloggers and newspaper reporters appeared in the network, who announced that Turkey was going to put sticks to Russia and even completely block the straits, thus responding to the "sanctions" of Moscow. The Western media did not remain silent either - in fact, the commotion often begins with western publications. And there they discussed the “incident” with the “Yauza”, which the Turkish submarine allegedly “met” on purpose. It’s not worth talking about works about “circles” and “zigzags” borrowed from a Ukrainian source.
December 1 Online RIA News" A note appeared in which the words of a military diplomatic source were cited. He told the agency that the ships of the Russian Navy have no problems with the passage of the Bosphorus and Dardanelles.
“There are currently no problems with the passage of the Black Sea straits by Russian ships, although it is quite normal that some ships are waiting to pass through the strait due to its workload or natural disasters that impede navigation,” the source said.
He recalled that the Turkish authorities sometimes close the straits because of fog. It also happens that because of the congestion of ships in the pouring zone, movement is opened first in one direction and then in the other.
"As for the Turkish submarine, there is nothing extraordinary in the fact that she met with our transport - these boats regularly pass the strait in both directions, just like the rest of the Turkish Navy ships," said an agency source.
As noted by "Russian newspaper", November 28, Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the possibility of Turkey blocking the Black Sea straits for Russian ships as an apocalyptic scenario.
As for the views of the military, the generals did not consider it necessary even to comment on a meeting in the Dardanelles of military transport with a Turkish submarine. Informed sources of the Rossiyskaya Gazeta to the Ministry of Defense claim that there was no incident in the strait. The ship went under its own power, and the boat its own. Moreover, the mentioned “Yauzu” in the strait was accompanied by a boat of the coast guard of Turkey, in full accordance with international protocols.
Known and the comment of the representative of the USA in NATO.
Turkey will comply with international law and will not close the passage of Russian military and civilian ships through the Black Sea straits. About this November 30 RBC said the US envoy to NATO Douglas Lute.
Turkey observes the Convention in Montreux 1936 of the year, guaranteeing easy passage through the straits of all ships, said Douglas Lut, during a teleconference. The RBC correspondent asked him about the possibility of closing the Bosporus and the Dardanelles for the passage of Russian warships (in the event that Turkey considers itself to be under threat of military danger), and Ljut answered that he sees no reason for this.
“So far I have not seen any signs that Turkey intends to restrict navigation through the straits in any way,” the agency quotes the permanent representative. “For decades, Turkey has taken very seriously its international obligations as set forth in the Montreux Convention. I believe that the situation will not change. ”
Also known is the comment of the former chief of the General Staff of the Russian Navy and the commander of the Black Sea fleet Admiral Victor Kravchenko. He said RIA News"that Turkey will not be able to block the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits for Russian ships.
“Turkey will not be able to close the Black Sea straits for Russian ships and ships bound for Syria - this will be a violation of international law and the Montreux Convention in particular, and after all, it was signed by the majority of the world’s states at that time period,” the expert noted.
Kravchenko recalled that during the Second World War, Turkey, despite the pressure of Germany, was neutral and did not close the Bosporus and the Dardanelles.
Nevertheless, there are opinions about the likely involvement of the Turkish authorities to the "cavils" concerning the Russian courts.
Mikhail Voitenko, a maritime expert, editor-in-chief of the Maritime Bulletin, said "Russian newspaper"that some of the difficulties encountered by the Russian courts are most likely a warning. They represent "such a subtle hint from Turkey on the possible consequences of further deterioration in relations between Turkey and Russia."
True, "legally the Turks do not violate anything." The Ship Control Center in the Bosphorus Strait completely controls the shipping traffic. “If this center tells a ship that has come from the Black Sea, stand and wait until we let you through, then the ship will stand and wait,” said the expert. “And it will not go anywhere, since it has no right to go to the Bosphorus without the permission of this traffic control ...” Turkish authorities will say that they have nothing to do with: the Traffic Control Center has its own requirements for the safety of navigation. “To prove that this is not true and that it is biased, it will take a lot of time,” said Voitenko.
Chairman of the Fleet Support Movement, captain of the 1 rank Mikhail Nenashev told the newspaper "Sight"that "in the future, the Turkish authorities can use the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits in confrontation with Russia under the guise of regulating traffic congestion in them."
He noted that similar situations had already arisen: Turkey, for example, stated that a special displacement tanker passes through the strait, one must stand and wait, but time passes, but there is no tanker. “It becomes immediately clear that this is a far-fetched reason to put obstacles in the way of our shipping,” the expert believes.
According to him, the Turks stopped the Russian ships under false pretenses both during the period of tense relations and in the epoch of deterioration of relations between Moscow and Washington, when the cold war between the USA and the USSR was going on. At the same time, the newspaper's interlocutor is sure that “the Turks have not put obstacles in the way of the Americans over the past 70 years”.
Nenashev is convinced that Turkey seeks to “engage the naval forces in this confrontation, which is formed through their fault, because they want to show their teeth, including with the help of the sea potential”.
So, the Russian Defense Ministry, judging by the data of the RG, claims that there were no incidents in the strait, and the coast guard of Turkey accompanied the Yauzu. In addition, a military diplomatic source told RIA "News"That the ships of the Russian Navy have no problems with the passage of the Bosphorus and Dardanelles.
Known and the comment of the representative of the USA in NATO. As US Permanent Representative to NATO Douglas Lute said, Turkey will comply with international law and will not close the passage of Russian military and civilian ships through the Black Sea straits.
Finally, in conclusion, the Turks now have no reason to aggravate the already tense relations with Russia.
Observed and commented on Oleg Chuvakin
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