The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoganwill speak with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putinand Ukrainian, Volodymyr Zelenskyto try to reactivate Ukraine’s grain export agreement, suspended by Moscow on Saturday, the Turkish government said on Tuesday.
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“We have to overcome the problems to continue with cereal exports. Turkey will continue to make efforts. The president will speak with Putin and Zelensky.” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu said in Ankara, according to the Turkish network NTV.
Ankara has deployed mediation efforts since Russia announced the suspension of the agreement to safely export grain from three Ukrainian ports, signed last July and monitored by a Joint Coordination Center (JCC) established in Istanbul and made up of Russian, Ukrainian and , Turks and the United Nations.
Yesterday, the Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar, spoke with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, and today he spoke with his Ukrainian colleague, Oleksii Reznikov, and the Infrastructure Minister, Oleksandr Kubrakov.
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At the same time, the JCC continues to maintain its ship inspection activity, although without the participation of the Russian or Ukrainian delegation, only with Turkish and United Nations teams, and cargo ships continue to leave the Ukrainian ports defined in the agreement, reported today the JCC itself in a statement.
Today three ships have left Ukrainian waters to go to Istanbul, and yesterday 12 left and are already approaching the Turkish coast, while two others sail towards Ukraine.
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Erdogan has pointed out several times in the past that Russia has complaints because it is not given the same facilities to export grain and fertilizer as Ukraine, although the agreement provided for it, and he pointed out this reason again last Monday, although the Ministry The Turkish Defense Ministry explains that Russia suspended the agreement in protest at the drone attack on the Russian military fleet in Sevastopol last Saturday.
The Turkish president maintains a good relationship with Putin, with whom he has already met four times in person this year, and Ankara does not participate in the sanctions against Russia, although it diplomatically supports kyiv and insists that territorial integrity must be guaranteed. of Ukraine, including Crimea.
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