Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has reported that the country will host a meeting this Wednesday with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts, Sergei Shoigu and Oleksiy Reznikov, respectively, as well as a UN delegation to address the export of grain from Ukrainian ports in the midst of the Russian invasion.
«Military delegations of the Russian and Ukrainian defense ministries and a UN delegation will hold negotiations in Istanbul tomorrow,» he said in statements carried by the Anatolia news agency.
He explained that the talks will deal with «export of grain by sea from Ukrainian ports to international markets» and stressed that the talks are aimed at «solving the food crisis».
However, he recalled that he had previously held meetings with Shoigu and Oleksi and confirmed contacts between the three parties. In addition, he pointed out that «after all these meetings, the grain will be sent to the international market by sea». Therefore, he has insisted, the purpose of the meeting is precisely that the shipment is carried out safely.
Last week, Ukraine regretted the departure of a Russian ship with «stolen» Ukrainian grain from the Turkish port of Karasu and asked the Turkish ambassador in Kiev for explanations to clarify the matter.
In a foreign statement, Ukraine indicated that international partners condemn Russia’s «criminal» actions «with regard to the seizure and export of grain from Ukrainian territory to foreign countries.»