According to Erdogan, he intends to negotiate the creation of a “grain corridor” with Putin and Zelensky next week. At the same time, he stressed that Turkey itself has no problems with grain: 5 million tons of wheat are stored in stocks
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that during the upcoming contacts with the presidents of Russia and Ukraine Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky intend to discuss the issue of creating a “grain corridor” from Ukraine. The Turkish leader spoke about his plans at a meeting with young people in the city of Van.
According to Erdogan, he intends to hold talks with Putin and Zelensky next week. During them, the President of Turkey intends to discuss problems with grain blocked in Ukraine and the issue of creating a “grain corridor”.
At the same time, he stressed that Turkey itself has no problems in ensuring food security. “The whole world is in an economic impasse <…> We have no problem. We have 5 million tons of wheat in stocks. We intend to ship grain to third countries in order to take this business to a new level. These negotiations are already underway, — Erdogan said.
After the start of the Russian special operation, Ukraine announced the closure of shipping in the north-west of the Black Sea. The US estimates that more than 20 million tons of grain have accumulated in Ukrainian ports during the conflict. In Ukraine, Russia is accused of obstructing the exit of ships, the UN called on Moscow to unblock the harbors and announced the threat of aggravating the food crisis in the world due to the impossibility of supplies.
The Russian side has repeatedly stated that it does not interfere with the exit of ships – they cannot leave the ports, because the coastal waters are mined by Ukrainians.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Russia is the world's largest exporter wheat, and Ukraine occupies the fifth place. Together they provide 19% of the world's supply of barley, 14%— wheat and 4%— corn.
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The issue of Ukrainian grain exports was discussed in Turkey on June 8 by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. However, negotiations with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu failed to resolve the problem, and the ministers did not announce any agreements at a joint press conference. Moscow insists that the export of grain is hindered by mines located near the Black Sea ports of Ukraine and the Ukrainian side must clear all areas necessary for navigation.
Lavrov said that Moscow's position on this issue “has no alternative, Kyiv must understand this.” According to the minister, Turkey is trying to convince Ukraine to stop dragging out this process.
Vladimir Putin has previously proposed ways to export Ukrainian grain, alternative to the sea. to the Baltic ports, to the Baltic Sea, further & mdash; to anywhere in the world.
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