Turkey’s defense minister said further escalation of tensions should be avoided, as he believed that any sudden and bad move could easily lead to a chain reaction.
It is especially important for Turkey not to get out of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which are close to it, since inflation in the country will almost certainly rise sharply, and the tourism sector, which is vital for Ankara, may be hit hard. .
Turkey, which has the second largest force in NATO, proposes to implement the 1936 Montreux Convention to ensure stability in the Black Sea region. This means that the fleet of the countries bordering the Black Sea will not be allowed to stay in the region for more than 21 days, but it will also limit the number of foreign warships allowed to enter the Black Sea through the Turkish Strait and generally prohibit the stationing of foreign warships. Aircraft carriers.
Turkey has so far refrained from confronting Russia over the Ukraine crisis, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s foreign policy maneuvering playing a major role. Indeed, Erdogan seeks to maintain Turkish influence in regions such as the Caucasus, Libya or Syria, where Russia is also present militarily.
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