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Zelensky asks Turkey to block Russian warships entering Black Sea

The skyline of Istanbul's Levent district, seen from the Bosphorus. (Wikipedia/Ben Morlok/CC BY-SA)
The skyline of Istanbul's Levent district, seen from the Bosphorus. (Wikipedia/Ben Morlok/CC BY-SA)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asks Turkey to block Russian warships from traversing the Dardanelles or Bosphorus straits, which link the Mediterranean to the Black Sea.

“I thank my friend [President Recep Tayyip Erdogan] and the people of [Turkey] for their strong support. The ban on the passage of [Russian] warships to the Black Sea and significant military and humanitarian support for [Ukraine] are extremely important today. The people of  [Ukraine] will never forget that!” Zelensky writes on Twitter.

A senior Turkish official tells the Middle East Eye news site that “Turkey hasn’t made a decision to close the straits to Russian ships yet.”

The Kremlin has a key naval base in Syria, and recently held large naval drills in the Mediterranean and Gulf of Oman.

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