Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar confirmed that Russia and Ukraine are positive about the extension of the grain agreement, indicating that Ankara is fully confident in extending the agreement on March 18.
Today, Sunday, Akar’s statements were received by the Anadolu agency at a morning meeting of its editors in Hatay, in the south of the country.
The minister added that “Turkey has done what is necessary and what is required of it”, noting that “so far, about 24 million tons of grain have been transported along the grain corridor on 795 ships”, highlighting the importance of grain for African countries in in terms of prices, hunger and political stability.
In another context, Akar mentioned that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues negotiations with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky on issues related to relations between Moscow and Kiev.
It is noteworthy that on July 22, 2022, the signing between Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and the UN of the “Document of the Initiative for the Safe Delivery of Grain and Food from the Ports of Ukraine” took place in Istanbul.
The agreement provided for the security of exports of grain stuck in Ukrainian ports to solve the problem of global food shortages, which threaten a humanitarian catastrophe.