The Turkish Foreign Ministry has said the United States will send two Warships through the Bosphorus to the Black Sea next week as tensions simmer between Russia and Ukraine.
The Ships will pass through the Bosphorus and enter the increasingly restless region on April 14 and 15, 2021; leaving on May 4 and May 5, 2021.
Washington is required to give Ankara at least 15 days’ notice before sending warships through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles Straits under the terms of the 1936 Montreux Convention.
The Treaty’s terms allow foreign Warships to stay in the Black Sea for 21 days.
US Navy ships routinely operate in the region in support of Ukraine, which has been fighting Russian-backed forces in its East since a 2014 revolution ousted the pro-Moscow leader in Kiev.
Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula around the same time, setting up a confrontation with the West that lingers to this day.