Apr 5, 2021
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Erdogan criticized letter from retired military in defense of the Montreux convention

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan criticized the publication of an open letter from Turkish retired admirals expressing concern about the country’s possible withdrawal from the Montreux convention on the status of the Bosphorus and Dardanelles.

The politician called this letter inadmissible.

“This act cannot be considered a manifestation of freedom of speech,” TASS quotes the words of the head of state.

He noted that the Montreux Convention was an important achievement for Turkey when it was adopted in 1936.

“And we intend to continue to comply with the provisions of the Montreux Convention, at least until a suitable replacement appears,” Erdogan said.

He also added that the Montreux Convention and the Istanbul Canal project are not related in any way.

Earlier, the Ankara Prosecutor General’s Office launched an investigation in connection with an open letter from 103 Turkish retired military men, who called the Montreux Convention the main security document of the Black Sea countries. In their address, the admirals also called for the country’s current constitution to be preserved.

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