According to Putin's press secretary, the decision on food security will be made following the talks between the ministers of Turkey and Russia
The decision on the possible consolidation at the level of the leaders of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of an agreement on security guarantees when exporting stocks grains from Ukraine will be accepted after negotiations between the foreign ministers of the two countries, said the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov. Peskov said, commenting on the words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, that the final point on this issue “still has to be made by the leaders.”
The Turkish Anadolu agency reported that Russia, Ukraine and Turkey, with the assistance of the UN, have developed a “road map” that will allow about 20 million tons of grain and sunflower seeds to be exported from the republic and put on the international market. The parties and specialists of international organizations should discuss the details of this operation in Turkey.
In early May, the UN estimated the volume of grain accumulated in the ports of Ukraine at 4.5 million tons. In mid-May, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stated that about 20 million tons of grain remained unused on Ukrainian territory.
The UN believes that the blockade of Ukrainian ports by Russian forces prevents the export of grain. The US argued that such actions exacerbate the global food crisis. Against this background, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres proposed to ease restrictions on the export of Russian and Belarusian potash fertilizers in exchange for the passage of ships with grain.
Moscow responded by saying that “illegal actions” led to the blockade of grain supplies West. Russian officials also noted that the waters of Ukrainian ports are mined and the passage of ships through them is dangerous. Putin stated that Russia is ready to contribute to overcoming the food crisis if politically motivated sanctions are lifted from it. He stressed that the country is “unreasonably accused of problems with the supply of agricultural products to world markets.”
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