Delegations of the armed forces of Russia, Ukraine and Turkey are meeting with United Nations officials in Istanbul today as part of discussions on the global food crisis and the possible resumption of Ukrainian grain exports from Ukraine’s major Black Sea port of Odessa. it’s getting worse.
After Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s lands rapidly increased the prices of grain, cooking oil, fuel and fertilizer, Turkey, acting as a mediator in coordination with the UN, is trying to help reach an agreement. Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar announced the meeting on Tuesday.
“We are working hard, but there is still a long way to go,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said yesterday. “A lot of people just talk about it. We prefer to try to achieve that,” he added.
Diplomats explain that the discussed plan calls for Ukrainian ships to ferry cargo into and out of mined ports, Russia to declare a ceasefire for the movement of ships, and Turkey, supported by the United Nations, to inspect the trucks. To allay Russia’s concerns over arms smuggling.
Ukraine also reported that grain exports increased despite the blockade of Black Sea ports as some of its ships passed through the Danube.
Both Ukraine and Russia are major grain suppliers internationally. Russia also ranks first in the world in fertilizer exports, while Ukraine is an important producer of corn and sunflower oil.
The Russian military occupation and naval blockade in the Black Sea effectively halted exports, blocking dozens of ships in Odessa and more than 20 tons of grain in silos.
The upcoming crop is also at risk as Ukraine suffers from storage space shortages due to a halt in exports.