Ukraine is in the final stages of negotiations with Russia on grain exports. As Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba told El Pais, everything depends on Moscow’s position.
On Wednesday, July 13, negotiations between Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN on the export of Ukrainian grain began in Istanbul. The meeting is held behind closed doors to the press. By results of the meeting, the Turkish Ministry of Defense should issue a press release describing the results of the meeting.
Ukraine is one of the leaders in the supply of grain and edible oils. It produces almost half of the sunflower oil sold in the world, 17% of barley and 12% of corn. Before the war, the country ranked fifth in wheat exports.
Kyiv accuses Moscow of stealing products produced by the Russian military. Thus, according to the administration of the Russian-occupied Kherson region, local farmers had to send their grain to the Crimea. The Ukrainian Ministry of Agriculture claims that the Russians took out of the country about 400,000 tons of wheat.
Tens of millions of tons of Ukrainian grain remain blocked in ports in the Black Sea. The UN has repeatedly stated that this threatens a global food crisis and even famine.
Earlier, Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Vasily Bodnar said that Kyiv had sent Ankara evidence of the involvement of 13 vessels in the illegal transportation of wheat. According to the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut, at least 150,000 tons of Ukrainian grain have already been shipped to Syria, mostly on Russian ships.
As previously reported Anadolu, if the negotiations end positively for Kyiv, then a Monitoring Center will be created in Turkey, as well as a “security zone” directly outside the waters of Ukraine, in which Kyiv will be able to export grain from blocked ports.
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