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Turkey and Russia reach agreement on export of Ukrainian wheat

Turkey and Russia reach agreement on export of Ukrainian wheat

A Turkish delegation traveled to Moscow on Wednesday (June 22nd) to discuss the possibility of resuming wheat exports from Ukraine across the Black Sea.

At the meeting, which lasted several hours in Moscow, representatives from the Ministries of Defense of Turkey and Russia reached an agreement on further co-operation on the safe passage of Turkish merchant ships and the export of grain from Ukrainian ports to the Black Sea.

Millions of tons of wheat and other cereals have been stranded in Ukrainian ports for months since the start of the Russian occupation, raising concerns about the crisis and rising prices around the world.

"The parties discussed the safe exit of Turkish merchant ships and the export of grain from Ukrainian ports, as well as the safe navigation in the Black Sea," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement after Wednesday's meeting.

Russia has repeatedly denied blocking the passage of Ukrainian grain ships, blaming Western sanctions as the cause of the food crisis.

Turkey, which has maintained good relations with Moscow and Kiev, has offered to enable the passage of ships from Ukraine based on a UN plan that would guarantee safe corridors in the Black Sea.