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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Turkey Sets Export Laws

ANKARA -- Turkey, fearing ecological disaster in the Bosphorous and the Dardanelles, said Monday it had drawn up new shipping rules for Russia.

Under regulations it says will take effect in June, vessels carrying oil and dangerous cargo must give 24 hours notice before entering the straits. Nuclear-powered vessels and ships carrying nuclear waste will need special permission.

Russian Ambassador Albert Chernishev was summoned to the ministry Monday after reports quoted him as saying Russia wanted to negotiate the rules with Turkey, Ataman said.

The ambassador "was misquoted by the press and that Turkey and Russia share the same views," he added.

Turkey fears an oil tanker accident in the Bosphorus, which bisects Istanbul. The Dardanelles channel links the Sea of Marmara with the Aegean.

Ankara says it cannot allow large-scale oil shipping and other plans must be developed to cover crude exports from ex-Soviet republics of Central Asia.