Food crisis: Guterres to negotiate with Moscow and Kyiv

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According to diplomats, the talks have progressed to the point where the Secretary-General can now negotiate directly with Moscow and Kyiv, possibly starting next week.

THE United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres may have meetings with its representatives soon Russia and her Of Ukraine in Turkey to secure the export of Ukrainian cereals through the of harbors on the Black Seatold the German Agency sources close to security Council.

According to these diplomats, the talks have progressed to the point that can now be negotiated directly by the Secretary-General with Moscow and Kyiv, probably from next week.

However, the same sources warned against excessive optimism, noting the deep distrust of both sides and the obstacles that still exist to conclude an agreement. A Western diplomat also questioned whether Moscow was really committed to the process.

Officially, the The UN only confirms that negotiations are taking place.

A large part of the international community has been calling on Russia for weeks to allow the export of Ukrainian grain.

The governments of the two countries – both major grain exporters – blaming each other for delivery problems in international marketswhich have led to a sharp rise in world food prices, with the UN warning of an outbreak of famine in several, especially poorer countries.

The Turkish news agency Anadolu reported that Turkey hopes to host summit to conclude the agreement on grain exports with the participation of Russia, Ukraine and the UN within weeks.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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