Ankara announces ‘some developments’ with grain delivery in coming days

Turkey continues negotiations with Russia, Ukraine and the UN on the export of grain, said Defense Minister Hulusi Akar. Earlier, Recep Tayyip Erdogan admitted that the negotiations could give a result by the end of next week ” alt=”Ankara announced “some events” with the delivery of grain in the coming days” />

“Some events” are expected in the near future As part of the issue of transporting grain stuck in Ukrainian ports due to hostilities, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said, A Haber reports.

He stressed that Turkey remains a mediator in negotiations on the export of grain and maintains contacts with all parties— Russia, Ukraine and UN representatives. Akar recalled that millions of tons of grain remain in the ports.

“We are doing our best to help them reach their planned addresses. We expect some developments in this regard in the coming days, — he emphasized.

At the beginning of the week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan admitted that the parties would be able to reach a result in negotiations on the export of grain within seven to ten days, that is, by the end of next week. “The corridor in the Black Sea is very important. The approaches of [Presidents of Russia and Ukraine Vladimir] Putin and [Vladimir] Zelensky are important. <…> We will continue to be a mediator, we will try to intensify our negotiations and complete them within a week— ten days»,— he said.

Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Faruk Kaymakci, in turn, argued that Ankara considers it expedient to create export corridors through the Black Sea. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the plan for organizing the “grain corridor” from Ukraine, the UN has, but the solution of this issue depends partly on the response of Russia.

Moscow and Kyiv disagree on the amount of grain left in the ports. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that from 20 million to 25 million tons of agricultural products were blocked, President Vladimir Putin— that 5 million tons.

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Ukraine believes that Russia is preventing the export of grain. However, the Kremlin has repeatedly denied the accusations and stated that it is impossible to take out the grain, since Ukraine has mined certain areas of the Black Sea.

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