Turkish Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank has used the deadly explosion in Beirut to advocate the construction of the controversial Kanal Istanbul project, which seeks to carve out an artificial shipping canal on the outskirts of the European side of Istanbul in order to alleviate traffic from the Bosphorus Strait.
The Russian Defense Ministry has sent military cargo to Syria through the Bosphorus, maritime and aviation expert and Duvar English contributor Yörük Işık said on Twitter. Russian forces in Syria have relying on the Bosphorus as a major supply route between their home ports in the Black Sea and their base in Tartus.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that Turkey will soon reveal what "it is doing in Syria and Libya." “What are they saying to us? 'What are you doing in Syria?' 'What are you doing in Idlib?' What are you doing in Libya?' You will very soon understand very well what we are doing here,” Erdoğan said on May 27.
AKP’s Istanbul chair issues a thinly veiled threat to CHP’s Kaftancıoğlu: Bosphorus strait is deep-sea
The ruling AKP's Istanbul chair Şenocak has issued a thinly veiled threat to CHP's Istanbul head Kaftancıoğlu after she said that the AKP will no longer be the political party in power in the upcoming period as a result of an "early election or in another way.” "She should know that the Bosphorus [water] is cool this season and deep in the summer,” Şenocak wrote on Twitter.
In the second episode of 'Turkey: The Long View' Luke Frostick talks with Istanbul-based Russian foreign policy expert and independent geo-analyst Yörük Işık about the state of shipping in the Bosphorus and how a new canal might impact it. Frostick's second guest for the same topic is the environment and energy specialist Önder Algedik.
Powerful northeastern winds have turned the Bosphorus Strait turquoise due to carrying sediments from the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. Northeastern storms have been ongoing in the Marmara Sea since April 5.
A Russian warship was photographed on March 1 transiting the Bosphorus Strait that links the Black and Mediterranean seas, amid continuing clashes in Syria's Idlib. The ship was accompanied by two coast guard boats and maritime police when it was passed through the Bosphorus. Russian soldiers were spotted wearing life jackets on the ship's deck.