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Turkey is ready to assist Ukraine in demining its ports in order to export grain across the Black Sea. This was stated by the adviser to the Turkish President, Ibrahim Kalin, in an interview with NTV.
“If necessary, demining can be provided by a third country. We are ready to offer our help»,— said Kalın (quoted by the Daily Sabah).
In an interview with Sabah, he noted that instead of completely removing Ukrainian mines, safe corridors were established along which ships would navigate. In total, three main corridors were identified, Kalyn added.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar signed an agreement on the export of grain from Ukraine on the Black Sea.
After that, a similar document was signed by the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov.
Later, the Russian minister said that two documents were signed— on the participation of the UN in lifting restrictions on the export of Russian agricultural products and fertilizers to world markets and on the export of Ukrainian agricultural products from the Black Sea ports controlled by Kyiv.
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Inspection of ships involved in the export of grain from Ukraine will be carried out at the exit and at the entrance to the Black Sea in order to prevent the transport of weapons and ammunition, Shoigu stressed.
The agreement provides that grain will be exported through the Ukrainian-controlled ports of Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny. At the same time, demining of Ukrainian territorial waters will not be carried out, since it will take too much time: vessels with grain will leave along the agreed safe corridor, Ukrainian pilots will conduct them.
Representatives of Ukraine and Turkey will observe the loading of grain and the UN, and at the exit and entrance to the Black Sea, the established joint quadripartite coordination center will inspect the ships.
The agreement was preceded by negotiations between Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN, they took place last week. The Russian proposals were largely supported. The Kremlin noted that the agreement is necessary to overcome the general food crisis.