Landing the Big One

Landing the Big One

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Shipping limits through the Bosphorus

Interesting read on U.S. intentions with respect to the Black Sea at Oktay Eksi: United States scratches the Montreux Convention itch.

I won't comment on his conjecture about what reasons other than Georgia the U.S. might want access to the Black Sea for, but it should be noted:
The Montreux Convention limits the total weight of a single warship that countries not bordering the Black Sea can deploy to 15,000 tons. Country’s bound by the agreement can deploy warships totaling a maximum of 45,000 tons.
So, if you wonder why we are sending destroyers and a Coast Guard you know.

UPDATE: More on the Montreux Convention here and here.

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