Black Sea simmers as world awaits Kerch Strait fallout

The Russia-Ukraine crisis could expand to affect many countries, and Turkey's position is potentially crucial.

A general view shows a road-and-rail bridge, which connects the Russian mainland with the Crimean peninsula, at sunrise in the Kerch Strait, Crimea, Nov. 26, 2018.REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov

Tension that erupted Nov. 25 between Russia and Ukraine in the Black Sea’s Kerch Strait is continuing, as other countries assess how the row might affect their own situations. The increasing pressure there reminds people of the Russia-Georgia clashes of August 2008.

The critical Kerch Strait allows access from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov, an internal sea of Russia and Ukraine. The strait brought the two countries face to face that day, when a Russian ship rammed a Ukrainian tugboat, seizing it and two of Ukraine's small

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Al-Monitor

Al-Monitor3 min read
Turkey Mulls Permanent Military Presence In Northern Iraq
Turkey is considering setting up additional military infrastructure in Iraqi Kurdistan as its operations against militants there continue.
Al-Monitor4 min read
Baghdad Cabbies Struggle With Change As Green Zone Opens Up
Baghdad's taxi drivers face new challenges with the reopening of the Green Zone having to compete with ride share apps and helicopter and river transport services.
Al-Monitor4 min readPolitics
China Deepens Ties With UAE With Industrial Investment
Deals worth billions of dollars between China and the United Arab Emirates reflect China's major status as a partner in the Middle East.