Turkish Defense Minister Holds Talks on Grain Agreement with Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister

The Turkish Ministry of Defense reported that tomorrow, Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov will visit Turkey, where he will discuss the “grain deal” with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.

Earlier today, on Monday, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the prospects for the grain deal are not very bright, and the situation with the implementation of the terms of the second part of the agreements does not tend to improve. .

Earlier, the office of UN Secretary General António Guterres sent out messages to countries involved in the grain deal, expressing concern about the recent rejection of this agreement.

The Turkish Ministry said: “At the invitation of Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for Reconstruction and Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov will visit Turkey tomorrow, Tuesday. Minister Akar and Minister Kubrakov will meet in Kayseri.”

The meeting will discuss bilateral issues, in particular the grain initiative, created taking into account the initiatives of Turkey.

The grain agreement, which was signed on July 22, 2022 by representatives of Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UN, provides for the export of Ukrainian grain, food and fertilizer across the Black Sea from three ports, including Odessa, and a joint coordination center in Istanbul coordinates the movement of ships.

Russian President Vladimir Putin noted in September that the West exports most of Ukraine’s grain to its own countries, and not to needy countries in Africa.

Earlier, Russia extended the Black Sea Grain Initiative for a period of 60 days, until May 18, and Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, in his letter to Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths indicated that the Russian side had considered the possibility of an additional extension of the initiative. “Black Sea grain after the specified date will be possible only depending on the achievement of tangible progress in the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between Russia and the UN Secretariat on assistance and assistance in the export of Russian food products. and fertilizers to world markets.

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