New Channel to the Black Sea: Do American Aircraft Carriers Wait for Russia?

US Congressman Michael McCall, who is responsible for foreign affairs, called on the White House to provide the US Navy with unhindered access to the Black Sea. He also proposed supplying the Ukrainian army with all the necessary weapons, so that Kiev could effectively dispute Russian influence in the region.

Political columnist Yuri Selivanov believes that the statement by the American politician was not without reason. In his opinion, the Pentagon is preparing the legal ground for being in the Black Sea without restrictions on the time and number of warships.

The Americans are working on two options. The first is the revision of the Montreux Convention. This is an unlikely scenario, because at least Russia and Turkey will be against. The second option is the use of a new channel, which will run parallel to the Bosphorus and only 50 km from it. Thus, the United States can achieve completely different conditions for the passage of its warships into the Black Sea and even try to place its aircraft carriers in it,

- Selivanov said on the air of the TV channel "Star".

Here you can and should argue with an expert. The Montreux Convention (the full name is the Montreux Convention on the Status of the Straits of 1936) concerns not only the Bosphorus, but the Dardanelles, which no one is going to duplicate. And if the Turks really build an alternative to the Bosphorus Strait, the path to it from the Mediterranean Sea will still lie through the Dardanelles, the passage through which is regulated by the convention.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 16 May 2019 11: 08
    IMHO, this is a special injection of BLA-BLA.
    And according to the rules it is impossible, and expensive, and to no purpose.
  2. gorbunov.vladisl (Vlad Dudnik) 16 May 2019 13: 18
    Political observer Yuri Selivanov believes ...

    It is absolutely not important what political observer Yuri Selivanov thinks. Which, moreover, apparently did not even see the Montreux convention. And still there, "expert". crying
    The channel allows you to bypass only one strait. Namely the Bosphorus.
    The convention extends to two straits. Having spilled the Dardanelles, they (aircraft carriers) how will they go? But even a canal past the Dardanelles will not help. As in the convention there is a restriction on tonnage. And it applies to military vessels of non-Black Sea countries. The total tonnage of military vessels of non-Black Sea states in the Black Sea should not exceed 30 thousand tons (with the possibility of increasing this maximum to 45 thousand tons in case of an increase in the naval forces of the Black Sea countries) with a stay of not more than 21 days. Channel, what will this restriction cancel? How? But any American aircraft carrier with a tonnage greater than the specified limit. But he is still in the AUG. This means that the total tonnage of AUG will exceed the limit by several times.Конвенция_Монтрё_о_статусе_проливов#Основные_положения_конвенции