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Russo-Ukraine war: Turkey plans to host talks for proposed Black Sea grain corridor

Supreme Desk
22 Jun 2022 1:57 PM GMT
Russo-Ukraine war: Turkey plans to host talks for proposed Black Sea grain corridor
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The Moscow meeting comes two weeks after a meeting between Russian and Turkish foreign ministers in Ankara failed to yield a breakthrough amid security concerns over a so-called Black Sea grain corridor agreement.

Turkey hopes to host in the "coming weeks" a summit attended by Russia, Ukraine, and the United Nations (UN) to discuss a deal to enable grain shipments to leave Ukraine's Black Sea ports, according to Turkish state news agency Anadolu.

Turkish and Russian military delegates agreed in Moscow on Tuesday to push for talks with Ukraine and the UN separately, to lay the groundwork for a quartet summit in Turkey, Anadolu reported.

The timing of the summit, which has yet to be officially confirmed, is unclear.

The Moscow meeting comes two weeks after a meeting between Russian and Turkish foreign ministers in Ankara failed to yield a breakthrough amid security concerns over a so-called Black Sea grain corridor agreement.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine disrupted grain deliveries to markets, pushing global food prices higher.

Ukraine's Mariupol, Berdiansk, and Kherson ports are under Russian control.

Ukraine was among the world's largest exporters of wheat before the war erupted.

Kiev and Moscow blame each other for laying sea mines off the Black Sea coast.

Kiev also accuses Moscow of stealing millions of tons of grain from the occupied areas.

A Turkish freighter, identified as Azov Concord, was able to leave Ukraine's Mauripol port following Tuesday's "constructive" talks in the Russian capital, the report added.

It did not specify if the freighter was loaded with grain or any other substance.

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