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Bosphorus canal construction plan divides Istanbul (Part 2)

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View of the Süleymaniye mosque in Istanbul from the Sea of Marmara
View of the Süleymaniye mosque in Istanbul from the Sea of Marmara Pixabay/Falco
By: Dorian Jones
8 min

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a plan to build a massive canal connecting Turkey's Sea of Marmara to and the Black Sea. The channel will be an alternative waterway to the Bosphorus, which runs through the center of Istanbul. Erdogan claims the project is vital to saving Turkey's largest city from the threat of supertankers which use the Bosphorus daily. But the project risks resurrecting historical international tensions over the control of one of the world's most important strategic and commercial waterways. That tension has become a new flashpoint between Moscow and Washington as Dorian Jones reports in this second report of a two-part series from Istanbul  Click the 'play' button above to listen to the audio report, or subscribe to our podcast by searching 'RFI international report'

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