Treaty of Kuchuk-Kainarji
The Treaty of Kuçuk Kainarji
was signed in 1774
and the Ottoman Empire
after the Ottoman Empire was defeated in a Russo-Turkish War. The treaty allowed Ottoman Christians to sail under the Russian flag, which was very important to the Greekss
as it allowed them to build a large navy and develop their economy. The Ottomans lost the Crimea
to Russia and an independent Crimean state. The treaty was misinterpreted as giving Russia the right to protect Orthodox Christians in the Empire. It also provided for building a Russian Orthodox Church in Constantinople
, which was never built.