Russian Navy commander visits Turkey MOSCOW, February 22 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's chief naval commander has arrived in Turkey to meet with the country's senior navy officials and attend a joint naval exercise, a Russian delegation official said Friday. Admiral Vladimir Masorin will take part in talks on the Turkish operation Black Sea Harmony, visit a naval base at Golcuk, and inspect a Russian naval group that is currently on a visit to Turkey, the official said. Black Sea Harmony is a security initiative advanced by Turkey in 2004. The operation is designed to patrol the Bosphorus and Dardanelle straits, shadowing suspicious ships, and is similar to NATO's Operation Active Endeavor in the Mediterranean. Turkey, a NATO member, has invited the countries within the Black Sea Naval Cooperation Task Group (Blackseafor - Russia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine) to participate in the operation. Established in 1998, also on Turkey's initiative, Blackseafor conducts search and rescue operations, cleans sea mines, monitors the environment, and organizes goodwill visits among Black Sea countries. The Russian naval group, consisting of guided missile cruiser Moskva, large amphibious ship Azov and two auxiliary vessels, will participate in a joint exercise for communication and maneuvering at the end of the visit. The Russian and Turkish navies conducted a similar exercise in the southwestern part of the Black Sea in July last year. http://en.rian.ru/russia/20060224/43745915.html The 1936 signed Montreaux-treaty gives Turkey almost controll of Black Sea. Every country must give Turkey Information over Navy Size and weight of ships stationed there. US wants to establich Navy Base in Romania, but this is restricted by Montreaux-Treaty. US ships only have the right to be in Black Sea for 21 days. After this period they must leave. The weight sum of USA for exapmle has to be under 20.000 Tonnes of weight. Also US subs or heavy war-ships are restricted to enter Black sea from Bosphorus. Turkey participates in NATO's "Active endaveur" which ranges from Gibraltar to east Mediteranian sea. USA pressures Turkey to expand this maneuver on to Black Sea. Turkey refuses. Also with non-cancelation of Montreaux Treaty there will be no US Navy Bases in Black Sea for example in Romania or Bulgaria beacuse Montreaux Treaty restricts such things for external non-Black-Sea countries. Now with visit of Russian navy chief in Turkey and establishing of "Active endevour"-alike with Russia in Black Sea, Russia and Turkey renewed policy of No USA in and around Black Sea.