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Russia, Ukraine to Sign Agreement on Grain Exports in Istanbul

  • Russia and Ukraine will sign a deal on Friday in Turkiye to reopen Ukraine's Black Sea ports to grain exports.

    Russia and Ukraine will sign a deal on Friday in Turkiye to reopen Ukraine's Black Sea ports to grain exports. | Photo: Twitter @michaeltanchum

Published 22 July 2022

Delegations from Russia and Ukraine are working on a agreement to be signed in Istanbul on Friday to create a corridor for the transportation of Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea.

Turkiye's presidential office announced Thursday the completion of an agreement between Russia and Ukraine for the opening of a grain corridor in the Black Sea.


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The document is set to be signed at the Dolmabahce Palace at 4:30 pm on July 22. According to Ankara, the ceremony will involve representatives of Russia and Ukraine, as well as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Progress on resolving the grain corridor issue was made at a four-party meeting in Istanbul on July 13, where Russia put forward some practical proposals. The parties mostly supported Russia’s proposals, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov said. Talks later continued online.

The final document, dubbed The Black Sea Initiative, will concern the establishment of a coordination center under UN auspices, the demining of Ukrainian ports, joint controls at port exits and entrances and efforts to ensure security on export routes, Russian news agency TASS reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed out earlier that Moscow was ready to provide an unhindered passage to ships carrying Ukrainian grain but first, Kiev needed to clear its ports of mines. He also dismissed statements that Russia was allegedly blocking grain in Ukrainian ports as mere bluffing. T

he Russian president stated in Tehran on July 19 that Moscow was willing to facilitate Ukrainian grain exports provided all restrictions on Russia’s food exports were lifted.

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