Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has threatened to close the Bosporus to Russian vessels.(MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images)
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has threatened to close the Bosporus to Russian vessels.
(MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey Threatens Closing the Bosporus on Russian Ships

March 18, 2014  •  From theTrumpet.com
The Crimea referendum to join Russia has Turkish Tatars worried about renewed violence. And Ankara is backing them.
 

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sent a strong message to Russia on March 18, saying he will close the Bosporus to Russian vessels if there is any harassment of Crimea’s Turkish minority, the Tatars.

“If self-proclaimed Crimean authorities or so-called self-defense fighters commit violence against Crimean Tatars living in the peninsula, Turkey will be forced to close the Bosporus for passage of Russian ships,” Erdoğan said on Turkish television.

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