Ukraine Does Not Confirm Agreements on Grain Exports - MFA

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

There are no ongoing arrangements for negotiations between Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, and the United Nations on the export of Ukrainian grain through the ports halted by Russia.

"Ukraine welcomes the efforts of the UN Secretary-General to resolve the issue of exporting grain from the Russian seaports halted by Russia. Expert consultations between stakeholders are underway," shared with European Pravda, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman of Ukraine, Oleh Nikolenko.

"We have not yet reached any specific agreements on holding quadripartite negotiations with Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, and the UN. As before, security remains a fundamental element of Ukraine's position," he added.

As previously reported, a delegation of the Turkish Ministry of Defense on Wednesday held talks in Moscow to unblock the export of Ukrainian grain by sea.

According to the Turkish Ministry of Defense, the meeting took place in a "constructive and very positive atmosphere." Its participants said they had agreed to hold quadripartite talks with Ukraine and the UN.

Russia is blocking the Black Sea, so Ukraine cannot export its food by the sea. It also accuses the West of raising food prices through sanctions against it.

Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Senik said that Ukraine had established two channels for grain exports during the Russian naval blockade: Poland and Romania. Ukraine is still negotiating with the Baltic states.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said that his country had offered to contribute to resolving the global food crisis caused by Russia's blockade of Ukrainian ports.

Addressing the African Union, Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine had not yet made progress in multilateral negotiations to unblock maritime grain exports.

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