Row erupts between US, Russia and Turkey over warships

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said American vessels in the Black Sea exceeded twice the specified permitted staying period. Turkey denied this claim.

Row erupts between US, Russia and Turkey over warships

World Bulletin / News Desk

U.S. warships need to comply with all the provisions of Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday.

American vessels exceeded twice the specified permitted staying period in the Black Sea, Lavrov said during a joint press conference with Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov. Lavrov said the act was not made in accordance with the Montreux rules.

Lavrov said Russia has attracted the attention of the United States and Turkey, which owns the Dardanelles and Bosphorus Straits, the entering gates in the Black Sea.

The 1936 signed Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits regulates the transit of naval warships over the Dardanelles and Bosphorus Straits, which is under Turkey’s control.

According to the agreement, non-Black Sea state warships are permitted to stay in the Black Sea for no longer than 21 days.

Tension in the Black Sea region escalated in the last two months, as Russia unilaterally annexed Ukraine’s Crimea Region and staged thousands of troops near the Ukrainian border.

U.S. responded by sending warships in Black Sea, but Russia complains that the U.S. has not respected the provisions of the Montreux Convention.

Turkey rejects Russia's U.S. warship claims

Turkey has rejected Russian criticism over its adherence to the maritime deal after claims that U.S. warships which sailed through Turkish waters outstayed their allotted time in the Black Sea.

"Turkey has strictly enforced the Montreux Straits Convention for 78 years," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tanju Bilgic said.

Bilgic said that Ankara had answered questions from the Russian Federation’s Embassy which had been sent to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

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