Ukrainian, Russian, Turkish, and UN Delegations to Meet in Istanbul to Unblock Grain Export

Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Military delegations from Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, and UN representatives will meet on Wednesday in Istanbul to discuss unblocking Ukraine's ports to enable grain export.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said this on Tuesday, reports the Turkish state agency Anadolu.

Akar said a delegation from the Turkish Defense Ministry had previously visited Moscow and Kyiv to discuss the problem, which has already led to a global food crisis.

He added that the meetings gave positive results. The quadrilateral meeting will be held in Istanbul on July 13.

The day before, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had phone conversations with Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky, in which they discussed exporting grain from Ukraine and the "food corridor" through the Black Sea.

On July 5, Erdoğan said he would "strengthen negotiations" on unblocking grain export from Ukraine by sea and expected progress "within ten days."

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, expressed doubts about a quick agreement on humanitarian corridors for Ukrainian grain from the blocked ports of the Black Sea, despite the Turkish president's statement.

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