The Turkish authorities expect the signing of a document on Ukrainian grain this week, Erdogan said. The day before, he held talks with Putin in Tehran
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Ankara expects that a memorandum on the grain issue will be signed at a meeting of delegations from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN this week, said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reporters upon his return from Iran, reports Habertürk.
Erdogan recalled that Turkey acts as a mediator in resolving the situation with the export of Ukrainian grain and “has been working for a long time” over solving the problem. In particular, as the Turkish president noted, he “repeatedly discussed this issue” with colleagues from Russia and Ukraine Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky, contacts were also maintained through the ministries of defense of the countries.
“As a result, at a technical meeting held last week in Istanbul, an agreement was reached on the main directions of the process under the UN plan. This week we want to bind this memorandum into a written text. We hope that the plan will start working in the coming days, — Erdogan said.
Last week, delegations from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN held talks in Istanbul. The parties agreed to establish a coordination center in Istanbul. Moscow also presented its proposals for resolving the situation with grain. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the meeting participants basically supported them and the work on the final document called the “Black Sea Initiative” will be completed soon.
A new round of talks is scheduled for this week, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said. Officially, the details of the draft of the future memorandum were not reported, however, Wall Street Journal sources said that Turkey would check empty ships arriving at the port so that they would not be supplied with weapons, and it was planned to export grain under the escort of the Ukrainian fleet.
The situation with Putin and Erdogan also discussed the export of Ukrainian grain the day before, on July 19, during negotiations in Tehran. According to the Russian president, “not all issues have been resolved yet, but the fact that there is a movement is already good.”
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