June 5, 2023

Türkiye is counting on a positive outcome of the negotiations on the “grain deal” in Istanbul. Ankara hopes for its extension for at least two months. This was announced on Wednesday, May 10, by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

He stressed that the final decision on the extension of the agreement will be made by the Presidents of Turkey and Russia, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin. writes RIA News.

“Today, delegations from Turkey, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and the UN are meeting in Istanbul, tomorrow the negotiations will continue. Turkey and Russia, in addition to the deputy defense ministers, will be represented by the deputy foreign minister, the Ukrainian delegation, as you know, is represented by the deputy minister for infrastructure,” Cavusoglu said.

The Turkish Foreign Minister also said that he discussed with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov during a meeting in Moscow a “grain deal”, the situation in Syria and Ukraine.

Ankara hopes that the “grain deal” will be extended in such a way that she answered the interests of all parties, the head of the Turkish Defense Ministry said earlier. According to him, technical negotiations on the agreement took place on May 5.

Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN in the summer of 2022 signed a “grain deal” (the Black Sea grain initiative). The agreements are of a package nature and provide for the export of Ukrainian food and fertilizers from three Black Sea ports, as well as unblocking the export of agricultural products and fertilizers from the Russian Federation.

The agreement was extended twice, in March of this year – for 60 days. The “grain deal” expires on May 18. The Russian side has repeatedly pointed out that the agreements have not acquired a package character and are not being implemented in the part that concerns the unblocking of the export of food and fertilizers from the Russian Federation.

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