Expert: Istanbul Channel - a threat to Russia

Russia is worried about Turkish plans to build a shipping canal bypassing the Bosphorus, writes Paul Goble on the website of the non-governmental analytical organization The Jamestown Foundation.

The tender for the construction of the channel was announced by Turkish President Recep Erdogan back in March. The project cost is expected to be 25 billion US dollars, and it will be completed by 2023, a century since the founding of the state in its modern form.

The existence of such a channel is said to allow circumventing the restrictions imposed by the Montreux Convention, which is of concern to Moscow.

Russia fears that the construction of the Istanbul Canal might even encourage Turkey to denounce the agreement concluded more than 80 years ago, even regarding the existing route

- noted in the text of the article.

If the canal is indeed built, NATO could potentially bring any number of warships into the Black Sea. For Russia, this is a likely threat.

A number of politicians in Turkey, the article notes, there has always been a desire to abandon the restrictions that, in their opinion, were imposed on their country as a condition for restoring control over the straits. This debate will only intensify as Ankara moves closer to building a new canal, which could create renewed tensions between Moscow and the West.
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  1. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) April 1 2020 15: 51
    Who better than Paul Goble to know than anyone is concerned about? request
    Somehow the American non-governmental organization should imitate the activity. what Is it worth paying attention to these propaganda "pearls"? I think this is a rhetorical question. winked
    For reference quote from the damned Wikipedia:

    The Jamestown Foundation is an American non-governmental research organization founded in 1984. Originally created to work with defectors, especially from among diplomats and intellectuals, their normal socialization in American society and a prosperous life. The founders were a group of Chicago businessmen together with representatives of the intelligence community.

    Currently, the fund produces materials:
    Chechnya Weekly - Official Bulletin of the organizationAmerican Peace Committee in Chechnya»(Affiliate Freedom House) chaired by Zbigniew Brzezinski and Alexander Haig.
    Daily newspaper Eurasia Daily Monitortelling about the events in the post-Soviet space. The publication criticizes Russian politics (in particular, Putin’s activities), as well as the “orange revolutions”. Compiled by Professor Ann Robertson.

    One question interests. Who is the mysterious unnamed author of the article, popularizing the activities of this "worthy" organization? Name your name, step out of the shadows and talk to the public.
    1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
      Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) April 2 2020 11: 37
      The article is probably from all of us well-known Mr. Marzhetsky, but it’s not the point ... The cruiser Moscow has 16 supersonic anti-ship missiles Vulcan with a range of up to 1000 km, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead ... In case of emergency, the channel will not exist for long .. By the way, it was decided to lay down for the needs of the Black Sea Fleet several new frigates pr 22350, and they are now being built with 24 launchers for anti-ship missiles, which can be including Onyx-M supersonic ones with a range of 800 km, capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warhead ... These same missiles could already t use 3 11356 frigates, consisting on the Black Sea Fleet armed with ...
      1. 123 Offline 123
        123 (123) April 2 2020 12: 04
        The article, for sure, is from all of us well-known Mr. Marzhetsky, but not the essence ..

        He usually signs up, not shy. recourse BUT his opinion is similar, there was an article. yes As for the canal itself and the possibility of NATO ships to enter the Black Sea, firstly, it’s not the fact that it will appear, secondly, you’re right, the whole Black Sea is shot through.
        1. cmonman Offline cmonman
          cmonman (Garik Mokin) April 2 2020 17: 03
          ... You are right, the whole Black Sea is shot through.

          Kindergarten, 123, by golly ... It's time to outgrow .... laughing
          1. 123 Offline 123
            123 (123) April 2 2020 17: 06
            Here I am about the same. Some kind of childhood phobia. In general, everything is simple. Canal finish, Constantinople to the harbor. yes
  2. Alexander Semenov (Alexander Semenov) April 1 2020 15: 59
    Green light for oil tankers ... the question is - who will participate in this project ... Saudis or Americans ??
    1. 123 Offline 123
      123 (123) April 2 2020 00: 13
      Green light for oil tankers ... the question is - who will participate in this project ... Saudis or Americans ??

  3. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) April 1 2020 16: 14
    Turkey should be helped in the economy so that no money is left, and not that on the channel. If it weren’t for Putin’s miscalculation with the Turkish stream, it would be easier to do. But even without this, there are many means, if it is clear that he is a situational partner, and the enemy is eternal ...
    1. xilia72 Offline xilia72
      xilia72 (xantos) April 2 2020 00: 27
      On the contrary, the Russian Federation helps Turkey, 20 billion at the nuclear power plant, the Oil Pipeline, even a loan was issued for the S-400.
  4. cmonman Offline cmonman
    cmonman (Garik Mokin) April 1 2020 16: 29
    From Google:

    The construction of Kanal Istanbul is planned to be completed by 2023, when the country will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey. The planned waterway is 43 km long, about 400 m wide, and about 25 m deep. The canal can potentially serve 150-160 cargo ships per day. The Turkish government said the key goal of the construction is to reduce the load on the Bosphorus, which is struggling to cope with the flow of goods through it.

    So all countries of the Black Sea will benefit from increased throughput.
  5. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) April 1 2020 17: 12
    And they will build it!
  6. Steamboat in the Black Sea - what a plastic duck in the bath - we will sink with one rocket!