Turkey in talks with Ukraine and Russia over grain corridor

Ankara is negotiating with Kyiv and Moscow to open a corridor through Turkey for grain exports from Ukraine.

This was reported to Reuters on Thursday by a high-ranking Turkish official, writes European Truth.

“Turkey is in talks with both Russia and Ukraine over grain exports from Ukraine,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

According to him, negotiations are still ongoing.

Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea were blocked after the Russian invasion in February and more than 20 million tons of grain got stuck there.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko said on Wednesday that Moscow was ready to provide a corridor for ships carrying food in exchange for the lifting of some Western sanctions.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba urged not to succumb to Russia’s blackmail about a “corridor” for Ukrainian crops across the Black Sea in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.

The United States has rejected Russian proposals to lift sanctions in exchange for unblocking access to Ukrainian ports.

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