Turkey has offered to hold a meeting with the participation of representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the UN to discuss a plan for transporting grain, it must be approved by Moscow and Kyiv. Cavusoglu himself considers the mechanism correct
UN Plan for the export of grain from Ukraine— correct, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at a press conference after a meeting with his Czech counterpart Jan Lipavsky, Anadolu reports.
“Now the parties should discuss its details. We said that we are ready to hold a quadripartite meeting with the participation of the UN, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia in the near future. The proposal from the UN has already been received, — the minister continued. According to him, Ankara is waiting for a response from the Russian side.
After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, more than 20 million tons of grain got stuck: before it was transported to destination countries through the Black Sea, but the ports in the Odessa region were mined due to hostilities.
On June 3, Turkish Anadolu agency reported that Ankara, Kyiv and Moscow, with the support of the UN, prepared a plan for a “grain corridor” from Ukraine. After meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on June 8, Cavusoglu called the UN plan reasonable. Then he proposed to hold a meeting in Istanbul to discuss the details, if the Ukrainian and Russian authorities approve the grain export mechanism.
Lavrov, at a joint press conference with Cavusoglu, in turn, stressed that there are no obstacles from Russia to the transportation of grain, and in order for it to take place, Ukraine must clear the ports and allow foreign ships to enter the Black Sea. The minister promised that Russia would not use demining to fulfill the goals of a military special operation and was ready “one way or another” issue these guarantees.
Kyiv, in turn, accuses Russian ships of blocking ports and demands international security guarantees for ships with food.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed ways to export Ukrainian grain, alternative to sea: the easiest of them, he considered the route through Belarus, and from there— to the Baltic ports, to the Baltic Sea, and then & mdash; to anywhere in the world.
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