Skip to comments.Turkey Threatens to Close Bosphorus for Russian Ships [also will not recognize Crimean vote]
Posted on 03/18/2014 5:46:15 PM PDT by No One Special
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.
Brilliant....cut off oil shipments to Europe. And I believe Turkey is pretty energy dependent on Russian.
Well that will make their warm water port much less useful.
How is Turkey going to cut off oil shipments from Nigeria, Libya and the Middle East to Europe?
Now that we have muslims, obama, and McCain on the same side
...how ya feelin about being on their team?
The Turks evermore leaning towards Islam will get their ass kicked by the Russians. The Russians are tired of dealing with Muslims.
Funny. I was just thinking about the siege of Plevna the other day.
It was part of this conflict: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russo-Turkish_War_(1877%E2%80%931878)
So far, Turkey is the only country willing to put their money where their mouth is. It’s a real risk but they don’t want a resurrected Russian Empire.
Here’s a link to a website that shows ship positions worldwide. Click on the icon for info about the individual ships. When and if Turkey slams the door on the Russians you can watch their ships pile up north and south of the straits. Zoom in to the area.
The Boxer Rebellion
Little flashpoints which engaged the Great Powers in one way or another and which continued until the big Blow-Out of World War I ... or until WWII convinced everyone that cold was better than hot.
Time for Great Britain to send in THE LIGHT BRIGADE! Or will the USA take on that role?
Logical fallacy of false choice. Look it up.
It’s nobody’s business but the Turks’ !
I don't think that Great Britain can afford to do much of anything beyond its own borders. But they will give moral support and that does count for something.
The USA won't do ANYthing with this brainless, b
allackbonesless POTUS we have now. Not surprising for a Democrat choice.
IDIOCY a shame that so many Americans voted him in for a SECOND TERM.
In Past history Russia (1800’s)dictated to Turkey whom could utilize the Straits of Istanbul (Bosphorous) so now Turkey says hold on, Russia must have our permission to enter and exit through our territory when it was to move to and from the Black sea. Yes there are oil tankers, But the emphasis on Turkey is Military Ships.
History has a way of biting Russia in the backside. Russia my want a manifest destiny, but Turkey is saying hold on. The Tatars (muslims) in Crimea will be protected by Turkey. Here we have a problem the Bear can come down and dictate to Turkey and we have the conflaguration of the next war that takes place of the Plains of megiddo (Armaggedon)in the Middle East
Plus they used to own Crimea, too.
No one should be shocked when Panama suddenly denies access to NATO. Actions have consequences.
Not saying it’s good. Just saying don’t be surprised.
This is a joke, right? Putin would make mincemeat of that Islamic idiot Erdogan. He is going to close the Bosporus on Putin??? Turkey’s entire economy is dependent on Bosporus shipping. All he wants to do is take his citizens’ attention off of the mess he has created in Turkey.
Didn’t Turkey do something like this 100 years ago?
They misspelled "Constantinople."
****A shame that so many Americans voted him in for a SECOND TERM. ***
But, but he gave dem a free ‘Bama phone! Some votes are easily bought for a pittance.
The Turks are mad that Russia is going to cut off their supply of Ukrainian strippers and prostitutes.
Turkey is a member of NATO, which operates on the principle of mutual defense.
An attack on a NATO member is considered an attack on all.
Just great, get sucked into war for the GD Turks.
And we're supposed to pick sides???
I go with the Non-Muslim.
Next year in Constantinople.
Uh-oh. An Orthodox superpower against the (recently) most Westernized Muslim nation over Constantinople? This could get ugly. Fortunately, I think Russia wants nothing to do with mistreating Tatars, given their relations in Central Europe.
In all honesty, we are likely to see the breakup of NATO, the EU and the UN.
Because not ONE of the countries in them will risk war with Russia/China, nor the economic hell China would bring to bear on them.
Only we under goading from RINOs like McCain and the coke fantasies of Barry are stupid enough to even consider it.
I would love to see the Russians humiliate him.
Perhaps Putin can “liberate” the Turkish Kurds and the Turkish Armenians while he's at it?
Most of the NATO countries are being invaded by Islamo-Fascists.
So why does Turkey care about Ukraine? Are they just missing up for the EU?
Which is partly why western countries won’t risk it. The muslims in these countries will see any war with Russia as the go order to launch jihad and achieve their caliphate.
Muslims will sacrifice any number of their fellows to achieve their goals. If that means Turkey, so what? they advance across the west. Net gain for Allah.
Now of course they would get crushed in many areas. But chaos is their guiding principle. And that scenario is their calling card for warfare.
All the western countries suddenly faced with terror throughout their territories will quickly abandon Geneva, Brussels and most/all UN dictates to save themselves.
Because the people will be screaming for salvation.
Of course, this time, Obama and Erdogan would aim the missiles at Israel.
Ahh yes, JFK forgot to mention that.
We can be reasonably certain that Putin is taking Erdogan's protestations far more seriously than he is taking Obama's and Kerry's.
Lots of unlikely people lined up against Hitler too.
Not supporting Putin doesn’t mean you love Obama.
I agree with others that doubt NATO’s resoluteness when it’s time to go to war with Russia, especially over Turkey.
I’m rooting for Russia against Turkey, at least we’ll get Constantinople back in the deal.
Why did Istanbul get the bootin’
That’s no one’s business but Putin.
You’re right. I think we can take it as a given that Putin takes any serious leader more seriously than Dumbass.
Maybe Russia will complain Turkey is violating its treaty agreement.
Oh wait, never mind...
Well that’s telling. How long you been Russian?
‘WE’ as in civilized/Christian people.
I wouldn’t mind seeing Russia kick Turkey’s ass.
The Chinese are on the same page with the Ruskies as far as Muzzies go. The race for the oil fields will be “game on”. It will happen, and as the World of Islam is compressed ever Westward, Israel will be evermore so threatened. Armageddon my friends.
Might or might not hurt the Russkies. I wonder what game Erdogan is playing.