May 23, 2022

Turkey turns against Russia following Ukraine invasion

Turkey has declared Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a war, activating a treaty that allows the nation to restrict access to the Black Sea.

The passage of all military warships through the Dardanelles and Bosporus Straits was blocked starting Monday.

“I thank my friend Mr. President of 🇹🇷 @RTErdogan and the people of for their strong support. The ban on the passage of 🇷🇺 warships to the Black Sea and significant military and humanitarian support for 🇺🇦 are extremely important today. The people of 🇺🇦 will never forget that!” Ukraine’s president wrote in response.

“Turkey has good ties with Russia and Ukraine. Even as NATO members have hit Moscow with sanctions, any step too far by Ankara could harm its heavy Russian energy imports, trade and tourism sector at a time of domestic economic turmoil,” Reuters noted on Sunday.

The move should increase the impact against Russia’s ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

If effective, the move will combine with other efforts to help stop Russia from taking over the democratic nation.

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