Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that the participants of the quadrilateral talks in Istanbul on Wednesday agreed on the creation of a coordination center for the export of Ukrainian grain by sea.
“The quadrilateral meeting agreed on technical issues such as joint control at port exit and arrival points and ensuring navigational security on transfer routes,” Akar added.
According to him, next week the delegations of Ukraine and Russia will meet again in Turkey to agree all the details and sign the relevant agreement.
Earlier, UN spokesman Farhan Haq said that the Organization considers negotiations “something positive”.
As you know, Russian, Ukrainian and Turkish military delegations met with UN officials in Istanbul on Wednesday for talks on resuming Ukrainian grain exports amid the worsening global food crisis.
Russia, according to the plan, would have to agree to a truce during the movement of the cargo, and Turkey – with the support of the UN – would inspect the ships to allay Russian fears about arms smuggling.
It is currently unknown what progress has been made in the negotiations.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba said that the export of grain from Ukrainian ports will not recover without security guarantees for ship owners, cargo owners and Ukraine as an independent state.
Earlier, Kuleba said that Ukraine is ready to export grain to the international market and negotiations on unblocking supplies are at the final stage.
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