The Russian government says it has witnessed some violations of the Montreux Convention by NATO members, amid soaring tensions between Moscow and the West, and emphasizes that such a situation is “unacceptable.”
Speaking at an online briefing in Moscow on Friday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, “We do not ignore them (violations) and declare this practice unacceptable through our diplomatic channels.”
“It is not surprising, since those who engaged in this are throwing themselves into the ideology of replacing international law with a rules-based order,” the Russian senior diplomat added.
Ryabkov recalled that the Montreux Convention had proved to be contributing to the stability of the Black Sea region for decades, but the Western states ignore this fact and prefer to insist on their rightness instead of being guided by international law.
The Convention, signed in 1936 in the city of Montreux, permits free passage to trade ships through…