Turkey considers it feasible and supports the UN plan for the export of grain from the ports of Ukraine. This was stated by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at a joint press conference with his British counterpart Liz Truss on Thursday in Ankara.
According to him, Ankara is making efforts to resolve the food problem as soon as possible.
Cavusoglu noted that Turkey continues active negotiations on this issue both with Russia and Ukraine.
“If an agreement is reached in Istanbul, a monitoring center will be created, as well as a “security zone” directly outside the waters of Ukraine,” the Turkish minister said.
According to Cavusoglu, Turkey seeks a constructive role and makes efforts (to overcome the grain crisis). This problem should be solved as soon as possible, he stressed.
“At the same time, Russia’s expectations should be taken into account, especially in the issue of shipping and obtaining port services, access to insurance and banking operations. I am now talking about ships that provide food supplies, including grain and fertilizers from Russia,” the Turkish minister stated.
Answering a question from journalists about the likelihood of exporting grain stolen from Ukraine through Russian ports to various countries, including Turkey, Cavusoglu noted that such statements are voiced in the media from time to time.
The Ukrainian side also informs Ankara on this issue. “We seriously consider and study every incoming signal. We inform the Ukrainian side on this issue. In fact, monitoring is quite simple. To do this, it is enough to download an application worth 5-6 dollars. This allows you to track shipping, get information about the ports of exit of ships and their cargo. You don’t have to be a government official to do this. Everyone can access information. You just need to download the appropriate applications to your phone or computer to track air traffic or shipping,” Cavusoglu said.
He stressed that Ankara takes every appeal seriously. “Turkey is studying information about the country of origin, the port of departure. Every time we check and confirm that the products are made in Russia. Turkey will not allow illegal trade in Ukrainian grain or any other products by any country, including Russia. We will also not accept these items ourselves. The decisive position of Turkey and its state structures on this issue is unchanged,” the minister said.
Liz Truss, in turn, noted that if the grain is not taken out of the ports of Ukraine, then there will be a serious famine.
“The grain crisis must be resolved no later than next month. Otherwise, there will be very detrimental consequences,” the minister warned.
Truss pointed out the importance of providing a safe corridor for vessels with Ukrainian grain.
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