Ships exporting grain from Ukrainian ports will be escorted by the Russian and Turkish fleets, as well as a third party, which will be determined later, Sergei Lavrov said
Except for Russia and Turkey, ships with Ukrainian grain in the Black Sea will be accompanied by another participant, who will be determined later, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking at a meeting with permanent representatives of the countries— members of the Arab League. The broadcast was conducted on the diplomatic agency's YoTube channel.
“In Istanbul, we managed to reach an agreement: Ukraine is engaged in mine clearance, releases ships on the high seas, Russia, Turkey and another participant, to be determined, accompanies the ship to the straits” ;,— Lavrov said.
He also noted that in Istanbul, Russia and the UN signed an agreement according to which the head of the organization, António Guterres, will contribute to the lifting of sanctions on Russian food exports. The minister clarified that the restrictions did not directly affect grain— restrictions forbade Russian ships to enter foreign ports, and foreign ships— in Russian, as well as affected the mechanisms of payment and insurance.
In addition, Lavrov denied Russian blame for the food crisis, pointing out that supply chain disruptions due to the pandemic and drought in North Africa led to it for four years in a row.
After the start Russian military operation in Ukraine stopped exporting grain from the country's ports. Kyiv blamed Moscow for this, the latter, in turn, argued that the export of food was impossible due to the mining of ports by Ukrainian troops.
On July 22, Russia and Ukraine separately signed agreements that allow for the export of grain from Ukrainian ports, which got stuck there after the outbreak of hostilities in the country. The negotiations were mediated by Turkey and the UN. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar clarified that the deal is open-ended.
Read on RBC Pro Pro Why Western Management Practices Shouldn't Be Abandoned in a Crisis What will happen to the yen? Is investing in real estate profitable now? p>According to the agreement, a safe corridor is organized for the export of grain from the ports of Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny. Ships will pass through it accompanied by Ukrainian pilots, while the territorial waters will remain mined.
The vessels will be inspected at the exit and entrance to the Black Sea, this will be done by the established joint quadripartite coordination center. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu explained that this was intended to prevent the transport of weapons and ammunition on these ships, as well as to exclude provocations. The mechanism for the export of grain will start working in about two weeks, the UN specified.
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