Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and United Nations on Friday sealed a landmark deal to unlock exports of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea ports to avert a global food crisis.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov have signed separate deals with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar in Istanbul, Turkey.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was present at the signing ceremony and called the agreement an important step to prevent the threat of hunger that affects millions of people across the world.
“It gives us great pride to be part of this ideal aimed at easing global food inflation,” Erdogan, who has a good relationship with both Moscow and Kyiv, said.
Warning that war does not only affect the involved parties but the whole humanity, Erdogan hoped that the deal would help “open a window for peace in Ukraine.”
On his part, Guterres said that there is a beacon in the Black Sea – a “beacon of hope, possibility and relief in a world that needs it more than ever.”
Addressing Russian and Ukrainian representatives, Guterres said that the terms of the deal must be fully implemented and thanked all those who helped make this deal possible.
The deal will help enable Ukraine to export some 20 million tonnes of desperately needed grain and other agricultural products that have been stuck in the Black Sea ports since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.
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