US: Ships pass through Turkish straits for 'Georgia aid'

Signed on July 20th, 1936, the Montreux Convention permitted Turkey to remilitarise the Straits and imposed new restrictions on the passage of combatant vessels.

US: Ships pass through Turkish straits for 'Georgia aid'

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara said on Tuesday that U.S. ships were passing through the Turkish straits to bring aid to Georgia.

U.S. ships USS McFaul and USS Dallas crossed through Turkish straits to take "humanitarian aid" to Georgia, Embassy spokesperson Kathy Schalow said when commenting on various news stories regarding the ships passing through the straits.

Schalow said that the USS Taylor ship sailed through Turkish straits within the scope of an earlier scheduled NATO military exercise.

The spokesperson also said that the passages were in line with the Montreux Convention, just as the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated.

The USS McFaul sailed through the straits on August 22nd, USS Dallas passed through the straits on August 24th, and USS Taylor crossed the straits on August 25th.

On August 22nd, Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement in which it said that foreign ships, including U.S. ships, sailed through the Turkish straits into the Black Sea under the Montreux Convention.

Signed on July 20th, 1936, the Montreux Convention permitted Turkey to remilitarise the Straits and imposed new restrictions on the passage of combatant vessels.

The Convention gives Turkey full control over the Straits and guarantees the free passage of civilian vessels in peacetime. It severely restricts the passage of non-Turkish military vessels and prohibits some types of warships, such as aircraft carriers, from passing through the Straits.

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