Turkey Threatens to Close Bosphorus for Russian Ships

World | March 18, 2014, Tuesday // 12:19
Bulgaria: Turkey Threatens to Close Bosphorus for Russian Ships File photo

Turkey will close the Bosphorus for Russian ships, if there is violence against the Crimean Tatars, said Turkish prime minister Recep Erdogan. 

In a phone conversation with Russian president Vladimir Putin, quoted by a diplomatic source, Erdogan also  said  that Turkey will not recognize the referendum in Crimea in which 97% of the voters cast their ballots in favour of joining the Russian Federation.

Turkey wants Ukraine to keep its territorial integrity,” Erdogan said. “If NATO takes a decision on the matter, we will certainly stick with it.”

Earlier Erdogan had a phone conversation with the leader of the Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev in which they discussed the threats against the Tatars in connection to the factual annexation of Crimea.

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