Borrell called the signing of an agreement on the export of grain a step in the right direction

The Istanbul grain export agreement is a step in the right direction. About this on Friday, July 22, the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell.

“Today’s Istanbul Agreement is a step in the right direction. We call for its swift implementation,” he wrote on his Twitter page.

Earlier that day, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu signed a memorandum with UN Secretary General António Guterres on facilitating the supply of Russian agricultural products and fertilizers to world markets. He noted that two documents were signed in Istanbul, which are aimed at solving the problems of supplying food and fertilizers to world markets, and these agreements represent a single package.

At the same time, the media reported that the Ukrainian delegation signed an agreement with Turkey and the UN on the export of grain.

The validity of the signed agreement on the export of grain from the territory of Ukraine between Moscow, Kyiv, Ankara and the UN is 120 days.

On July 23, work will begin on the creation of a joint coordination center for the export of grain. As noted by a senior UN official, the organization has already discussed who will be sent there on a temporary basis until a permanent composition is determined. It is known that the center will include representatives of Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.

On July 13, a meeting of military delegations from the Russian Federation, Turkey, Ukraine and UN representatives on the issue of grain exports ended in Istanbul. The Russian side presented proposals for the export of grain from the Black Sea ports. Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary General, described the talks as positive.

At the end of June, Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized that Moscow does not interfere with the export of grain. He stressed that the Ukrainian authorities themselves have mined the ports and do not release ships. Putin also spoke about other options for the export of wheat – through Romania, the Danube, Poland, Belarus.

The topic of grain exports has been actively discussed in recent months against the backdrop of a deteriorating situation in the food markets of the world.

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