The Montreaux Convention

A caller to a local radio show (it may have been a guest) expressed the idea that the US Gould prove we are going to uphold Internstional Law and not allow Russia to destroy Deoicracy of our friends in Ukraine – by sending an Aircraft Carrier into the Black Sea. How would we react if Russia sent an aircraft carrier into Lake Michigan?

The Black Sea is not the ocean and “international waters”. It’s an inland sea and home to Russia’s Naval Base. To get to the Black Sea, you have to travel through the narrow Bosporos straits, go through a lake and go through the Dardinelles.

Access to the Black Sea is restricted by an International Treaty that specifically prohibits aircraft carrying ships in the Black Sea other than by countries bordering on the Black Sea. The rules of using the sea are governed by the Montreax Convention.

Even if it wasn’t illegal, it’s a pretty boneheaded idea. It would trap the aircraft carrier with no escape route. It would throw the US and Rusia into direct military confrontation. If we sink the Russian Navy, it’s time for the Russians to fuel up the ICBMs.

Turkey is holding the keys here. They control access to the Black Sea and are a member of NATO and o have a credible military independent of NATO.

Russia is demanding that Ukraine military forces in Crimea surrender to Russia by 10 PM Eastern Time

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6 Responses to The Montreaux Convention

  1. Art Stone says:

    There is a canal that now connects the North Sea to the Black Sea via the Danube River (which drains into the Black Sea)

    But it is way too small for large military ships

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Very timely sound track for today’s Black Sea events…. just look at the titles of the tracks.. once of my favorite albums from the early 80s and after relistening here tonight, it was pleasant to find a lost friend of a real masterpiece from 1/3 century ago. Enjoy with high volume:

  2. briand75 says:

    Nothing prevents a submarine from exploring the Black Sea or the canal. At one point in time, if we had wanted Putin out – he would have been out.

  3. Nidster says:

    “Turkey is holding the keys here. They control access to the Black Sea and are a member of NATO and o have a credible military independent of NATO.” Putin knows Turkey is a key, strategic presence between Europe and the Middle East, so he goes to Turkey in December 2013 to fulfill Turkey’s wish to become a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) – a EurAsian political, economic and military alliance, which is seen as a rival alliance against NATO. The Ukraine spate is simply another player in the grand scheme of what we could call the Grand Chessboard of world affairs.

    Putin may call up the leader of the ‘free’ world someday soon and declare, “Checkmate, now here is how things are going to be going forward…….”

    • Art Stone says:

      I remember there being some tension about building another pipeline connecting the former Soviet states to Europe through Turkey without traversing Russia.

      The “natural gas” weapon is living on borrowed time. Supply is no longer the issue, just the logistics. The worlds largest LNG plant is online now, I’m pretty sure. Presumably, fracking will work in places other than the US as well.

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