ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused 104 retired admirals of “hinting at a political coup” by criticising his plans for a brand new canal linking the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. Turkish prosecutors detained 10 of the admirals on Monday after they printed an open letter vital of the proposed canal over the weekend.
“The duty of retired admirals — 104 of whom come together — is not to publish declarations that hint at a political coup,” Erdogan stated. “In a country whose past is filled with coups, (another) attempt by a group of retired admirals can never be accepted,” he stated.
Officials final month authorized a challenge to develop a brand new 45km delivery lane akin to the Panama or Suez canals nevertheless it has raised questions over Turkey’s dedication to the Montreux Convention.
The 1936 pact is geared toward demilitarising the Black Sea by setting strict industrial and naval guidelines on passage via the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits.
The retired admirals fear that the brand new canal’s building would lead to Turkey abandoning the 1936 treaty, angering Russia and shedding its neutrality within the risky area. Erdogan stated it was “completely wrong” to hyperlink the proposed canal to the treaty.