August 17, 2022

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Putin and Erdogan discuss Ukraine's grain export mechanisms

Putin and Erdogan discuss Ukraine’s grain export mechanisms

Negotiations are going to be held in Turkey Moscow, Kiev and Ankara United Nations this week after progress was recorded during last week’s negotiations.

“First, we are ready to continue working in this direction, and second, this issue will be discussed between the two presidents,” Putin and Erdogan said on Monday, Kremlin diplomatic adviser Yuri Ushakov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

On Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that a “final document” to allow grain exports from Ukraine would be ready soon.

According to Ushako, it is expected to open a coordination center in Istanbul. Export via the Black Sea.

The deal, negotiated through the United Nations, aims to get about 20 million tons of grain stuck in Ukrainian silos via the Black Sea because of the Russian-led offensive in Ukraine.

This will ease Russian exports of grain and fertilizer, which have been hit by Western sanctions that have hit Russian freight and financial chains.

It is assumedRussian and Ukrainian agricultural products It is necessary to prevent the worsening of the world food crisis.

On Monday, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar confirmed that a “preliminary agreement has been reached” with Ukraine and Russia to establish a secure sea route that would allow grain to be transported.

After Tuesday’s summit in Tehran between the Russian president and his Iranian and Turkish counterparts, “a new meeting could be held on Wednesday or Thursday,” the French news agency reported, citing an official source.

EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell insisted resuming grain exports from Ukraine was a “matter of life and death” for tens of thousands of people.

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