Western media talked about the dangers of building a "second Bosphorus"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to build the so-called “second Bosphorus” - another strait connecting the Mediterranean Sea with the Black Sea. The German edition of Die Welt discusses the dangers of such an undertaking.

Thanks to the new channel, Turkey can bypass the current international agreement - the Montreux Convention. The purpose of the convention is to prevent the militarization of the Black Sea. The agreement, in particular, limits the total number of foreign warships that can simultaneously pass through the Bosphorus Strait to nine. Moreover, their total displacement should not be more than 15 thousand tons.

According to Die Welt experts, the Montreux rules will not apply after the construction of the new canal. The Second Bosphorus will enable Turkey to control the movement of warships in the region. However, this could undermine the balance of military forces in the Black Sea, and official Ankara will create a new hotbed of tension between the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance and Russia.

This is a game with fire and a source of tension between the United States and the Russian Federation.

- indicates the German edition.

If the warships of the United States and other countries can easily enter the Black Sea, they will be in the immediate vicinity of the Russian coast for an unlimited time. Also, new bases can be deployed in the sea, in which Moscow will see a direct threat to its security and take appropriate measures. The Kremlin is closely monitoring the situation.
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  1. bonifacius Offline bonifacius
    bonifacius (Alex) 28 May 2020 00: 05
    The purpose of the convention is to prevent the militarization of the Black Sea. For this, the regulations for the passage of warships through the Bosphorus have been developed. If the "Second Bosphorus" is dug, then the goal setting of the Montreux convention does not change. It still has the goal of preventing the militarization of the Black Sea. And as before, the passage of warships is regulated by this convention. Through two Bosphorus (in the future) the same number of warships should pass and with the same rules as now through one (active) Bosphorus. But civilian ships will feel much more comfortable. As I recall, the Turks said about this that, they say, the Bosphorus is overloaded, which is fraught with all sorts of unforeseen emergencies and disasters. Because of this, the ships are forced to stand idle at the entrance to the Bosphorus, waiting for Turkish pilots. An artificial channel is being built to unload the existing strait. But this is theory, but how will it be ???