Ukraine Asks Turkey to Shut Black Sea to Russia Following Attack

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Ankara on Thursday called on Turkey to shut the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits to Russian ships following Moscow invasion.

Ukraine Ambassador Vasyl Bodnar in a press briefing in Ankara said that they have conveyed relevant demands to the Turkish side. “We conveyed our official request to the Turkish side regarding the closure of the airspace, the Dardanelles and Bosphorus (Straits) for Russian ships,” Turkish Daily Hurriyet quoted Bodnar as saying.

Bodnar also called for Ankara to impose sanctions on Russian businessmen, and stressed the importance of humanitarian and financial assistance. 

“We also call for support to the citizens of Ukraine currently in Turkey, especially those who need additional protection and security,” he added.

Bodnar also called upon the international community for a collective action against Russian President Vladimir Putin, who announced an invasion of Ukraine.

President Putin on Thursday morning announced a special military operation in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, and urged Ukrainian forces to lay down their arms and go home.

On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin and informed him that Turkey does not recognize any steps which would be against Ukraine’s sovereignty.

During the talks, Erdogan told Putin that military conflict would not benefit anyone, and stressed upon the importance of reaching a conclusion on the basis of the Minsk Agreements, according to a statement issued by the Presidency’s Directorate of Communications.


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