Turkey is negotiating with Russia and Ukraine for grain exports


THE Turkey conducts negotiations with the Russia and Ukraine to open one corridor via Βοσπόρου for cereal exports from Ukraine, a high-ranking Turkish official told Reuters today.

“Turkey is negotiating with both Russia and Ukraine on grain exports from Ukraine,” said the official, who asked not to be named because the talks were confidential.

“With the opening of a corridor from Turkey, there is a demand for these grains to reach the markets for which they are intended. “Negotiations are continuing,” the official added.

The office of President Tayyip Erdogan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko reportedly said on Wednesday that Moscow was ready to offer a corridor for boats carrying food in exchange for lifting some of Western sanctions.

Two other people familiar with the matter also confirmed in separate statements that talks were under way to help Turkey export grain by ship from Ukraine. One of them said that despite being a member of NATO, Turkey is considered more “neutral” by Moscow than other Western members of the alliance.

“Turkey is ready to contribute to a kind of supervision of these exports from Odessa through the Black Sea because Turkey is traditionally very strong in the Black Sea and they are ready to help,” a senior European diplomat said on Wednesday. not to be named.

Turkey already has two frigates, two submarines and six patrol boats and rapid attack ships in the Black Sea and much more can be deployed quickly for a mission, said Yoruk Isik, head of the Istanbul-based Bosphorus Observer consulting firm.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who visited Moscow and Kyiv last month, has been in contact with Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, the United States and the European Union, trying to mediate what calls it a “package deal” to resume both Ukrainian food exports and Russian food and fertilizer exports.

However, there are many obstacles to an agreement, including Russian demands for the removal of some sanctions in exchange for the presence of free mines and prohibitive costs of insurance on this sea route, officials and analysts point out.

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