A “quadripartite meeting” – involving delegations from the UN, Russia and Ukraine – will take place next week in Turkey to organize the transit of grain from Ukrainian ports across the Black Sea.
CNN Turk and NTV, citing sources in the Turkish presidency, reported that the meeting would be hosted in Istanbul.
Haberturk reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres may attend the meeting.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peshkov confirmed that a delegation from the Russian Defense Ministry would hold talks with Turkey on the so-called “sea corridors” in the Black Sea, through which grain would be exported from Ukraine, according to Reuters. .
Peshkov clarified that Russian President Vladimir Putin does not intend to take part in these talks.
A Turkish military delegation will travel to Russia in the coming days to discuss details of the plan.
On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke of “difficult negotiations” under way to export the millions of tonnes of grain that remain stranded due to the blockade by the Russian fleet.
Without reaching an agreement so far, the United Nations has been negotiating for several weeks with Moscow, Kyiv and Ankara to provide guarantees for the safe passage of the Black Sea by merchant ships carrying Ukrainian grain and Russian fertilizers.
If an agreement is reached, food prices are expected to fall and reduce the risk of a global food crisis, which experts are concerned about over the ongoing war in Ukraine.