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Prolonged Ukraine war poses logistics problem for Russia in Syria

29th March 2022 - 11:00 GMT | by Tayfun Özberk in Istanbul

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Alligator-class landing ship Saratov. (Photo: Yoruk Isak)

The longer the war lasts in Ukraine, the more severe the repercussions for Russian activities in Syria.

Turkey declared on 28 February that the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles will be closed to military ships during the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.

The declaration is based on the Montreux Convention, which regulates passage through the Straits, and the Turkish government said it made the decision to avoid further escalation in the Black Sea.

This decision was accepted by both sides as a necessary step, and Russia did not object to Turkey after the latter refused the passage of Russian warships a few days after the declaration.

The possible consequences of closing off the Straits were

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