Türkiye's President Erdogan announces an extension of an Ankara-brokered deal for grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to be the most trusted arbiter between Russia and Ukraine – and the recent prisoner swap negotiated by Ankara proves it.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Türkiye aims to bring Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy together to resolve the crisis.
With a number of steps, the Turkish leader has emerged as a key player in the bid to bring Ukraine and Russia to the negotiating table.
One of the ships is carrying corn to South Korea, while the other is carrying bulk sunflower meal to Istanbul, says the Turkish Defence Ministry.
The Turkish-brokered agreement allows millions of tons of grain stuck in Ukrainian ports due to Moscow’s blockade to reach international markets. Here is how it works.
The POLARNET vessel, which got security clearance from a team at the Istanbul-based Joint Coordination Centre, is expected to offload its cargo later in the day.
Under a recent landmark deal signed in Istanbul, the grain-laden ships Mustafa Necati, Star Helena and Glory left Ukraine’s Chornomorsk port, and the vessel Riva Mind left the port of Odessa.
Türkiye's defence minister underlined that they continue to work with Russian, Ukrainian and UN officials for the smooth functioning of the grain ships under Ankara-brokered deal.
Technical work on the first grain shipment has been completed and is expected to take place after administrative preparations conclude, Turkish National Defense Ministry says.
Türkiye-based joint coordination centre, which will be operated with Ukrainian, Russian, Turkish and UN officials, aims to ensure safe passage of Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea.
Antonio Guterres expressed his gratitude to Türkiye for providing a platform to help resume Ukrainian grain exports to the world via the Black Sea.
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