London announced last month that it would transfer two Royal Navy mine-hunting ships to the Ukrainian Navy to help strengthen Ukraine's naval operations in its war with Russia.
The claim in some media outlets that "mine-hunting ships donated to Ukraine by the United Kingdom were allowed to pass through the Turkish Straits to the Black Sea" is not true. Türkiye immediately classified Russia's special military operation against Ukraine as "war" and, in accordance with Article 19 of the Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits, closed the Straits to warships of the belligerent parties (Russia and Ukraine). Türkiye, which has implemented the Montreux Convention impartially and diligently since 1936, maintains its unwavering determination and principled stance throughout this war to prevent the escalation of tension in the Black Sea. Our pertinent allies have been duly apprised that the mine-hunting ships donated to Ukraine by the United Kingdom will not be allowed to pass through the Turkish Straits to the Black Sea as long as the war continues.