Negotiations between Russia and Turkey to extract wheat from Ukraine via the Black Sea
Representatives of the Turkish Defense Ministry were in Moscow on Wednesday for new discussions aimed at allowing the release of grain across the Black Sea that had been blocked in Ukraine due to the Russian military offensive. “The parties discussed issues related to the safety of merchant ships and grain shipments from Ukrainian ports and approaches to ensure the safety of navigation in the Black Sea.”For its part, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The Turkish Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that a Turkish merchant ship had departed from the Ukrainian port of Mariupol after talks. “The Turkish cargo ship arrived just hours after the long meeting Azov ConcordUkraine leaves port after days of waitingThe ministry said in a statement “The first foreign ship to leave the port of Mariupol, Ukraine”It fell to the Russians in May.
Russia’s invasion of its neighbor in late February has left millions of tons of wheat stranded in Ukrainian ports, thus creating a global food crisis. The UN, which includes Ankara, Russia and Ukraine, is seeking to maintain good relations with Moscow and Kiev. Has offered to help organize grain transportation based on the plan.
Moscow says it cannot prevent the departure of merchant ships and accuses Ukraine of paralyzing maritime traffic by undermining its ports. kyiv, for its part, fears a naval attack from Russia on its Black Sea coast, while the Russian military has already occupied much of southern Ukraine, especially the entire coast of the Sea of Azov. Ukraine also accuses Russia of seizing the harvest of these occupied territories.
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