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Key Waterways Become Focus of Turkish, Russian Tensions

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The escalating tensions between Moscow and Ankara over last month’s downing of a Russian fighter by Turkish jets is threatening to resurrect an age-old rivalry over access to Turkey’s Bosphorus and Dardanelles waterways. Turkey’s 30-kilometer Bosphorus waterway, which cuts Istanbul in half, is the gateway from the Black Sea to international waters. The waterways are key to both Russian trade, with much of the country's oil passing through, and its Black Sea navy, in particular the...

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