Turkish forces continue to catch stray mines in the Black Sea

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The Turkish Naval Forces conducted 6,747 sailing hours and 1,496 flight hours in the framework of catching stray mines in the Black Sea.

Turkish forces continue to successfully monitor and dismantle naval mines deployed in the Black Sea against the backdrop of the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Sources in the Turkish Ministry of Defense stated that the naval forces spent 6,747 sailing hours and 1,496 flying hours for this purpose.

The Turkish naval forces use planes, patrol ships, and vessels dedicated to catching mines at sea, amid extensive and extensive security measures.

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Turkey had issued a notification on March 18, 2022, following the emergence of the danger of runaway sea mines with the outbreak of the war between Russia and Ukraine.

Teams from the Turkish Underwater Defense Forces (SAS) are participating in the mine-dismantling operations, and since March 28 they have succeeded in dismantling 4 mines.

Turkish military sources have previously confirmed that surveillance activities in the Black Sea are taking place in coordination with the Romanian and Bulgarian naval operations centers.

At the end of March 2022, the United Nations announced, in response to a question, that marine mines in international waters are a source of serious concern.

The organization said, “We are following the developments (of the war), and any kind of mines in international waters is very worrying, especially with regard to their impact on international transport.”

On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, which was followed by international rejection and economic sanctions against Moscow.

Russia requires to end its process Kyiv’s abandonment of plans to join military entities, which the latter considers as an “interference” in its sovereignty.