Russian Foreign Minister visits Turkey to discuss Ukrainian grain exports

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov began his two-day visit to Turkey on Tuesday for talks on unblocking grain exports from Ukraine. Ukraine’s food grain exports are currently facing obstacles due to the ongoing Russian invasion. Ukraine is often referred to as “Europe’s breadbasket” and the blocking of grain exports risks causing a wider food crisis in the world.

Lavrov was forced to cancel a visit to Serbia on Monday after several of his neighbors blocked his plane from crossing their airspace.

Following the request of the United Nations, Turkey has agreed to provide services to escort sea convoys from ports in Ukraine. There are mines in the waterways. Some of them have been detected near the Turkish coast.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergeo Lavrov is accompanied by a military delegation and is due to meet his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday.

This is Lavrov’s second visit to Turkey. On March 10, he met Cavusoglu and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

The negotiations will mainly revolve around the opening of a security corridor to ship grain from Ukraine.

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A deal between Ankara and Kyiv has been suggested by Turkish Agriculture Minister Vahit Kirisci, local media said.

“But they (the Ukrainians) have a dilemma about security and exporting. They want us to be the arbiter here as Turkey. Negotiations are continuing under the auspices of the UN,” he said. declared.

“Russia and Ukraine trust us.”

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it “appreciated Turkey’s efforts to unblock Ukrainian ports” but added that “at the moment there is no agreement on this point between the ‘Ukraine, Turkey and Russia’.

“Decisions must be made with the participation of all parties concerned,” the ministry said.

(With agency contributions)

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