Turkey will increase the cost of passage of merchant ships through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles fivefold. The Turkish authorities plan to increase the cost of passage of merchant ships through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles from October 7, 2022.
This was reported by the newspaper Takvim with reference to sources in the Ministry of Transport of the Republic.
It is noted that this step will increase the annual revenue from the transit of goods from $ 40 million to $ 200 million. The money from the fees is spent on medical care and evacuation in case of an emergency, as well as on ensuring the operation of lighthouses. All this is provided for by the provisions of the Montreux Convention of 1936, which consolidated the current status of the Straits.
Earlier it became known that Ankara intends to appeal to NATO due to the fact that on August 23, the Greek military pointed the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system at the F-16 aircraft of the Turkish Air Force. The Greek side used S-300 systems to capture and escort Turkish fighters when they were west of Rhodes at an altitude of about three kilometers. In this regard, the Turkish authorities plan to raise the issue of “hostile actions” against the country at the NATO level.