Cereal exports no progress in Ankara despite the threat of famine

Cereal exports no progress in Ankara despite the threat of famine

France Press agency

Moscow said it was “ready” to secure Ukraine’s grain exports on Wednesday in Ankara, without announcing any concrete mechanism to reassure Kyiv, despite warnings from Mediterranean countries about the risk of deadly starvation for “millions” of people.

The next few weeks will be crucial. (© Terre-net Media)

TheHis Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu received Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss the fileconstruction Safe passages in the Black Seain order to facilitate the trade of crops confined to Ukrainian ports and marine mines.

At the end of the meeting, Mr. Lavrov stressed that Moscow is “ready to ensure the safety of ships leaving Ukrainian ports”, in cooperation with Ankara.

“If the Ukrainian side, as our Turkish friends have told us, is ready to secure a passage between the mines, then this issue can be resolved,” he said, stressing that Russia is ready for its part to “ensure” that it does not take advantage of demining to attack Ukraine from the sea.

At the request of the United Nations, Turkey offered its assistance to accompany these convoys, despite the presence of mines, some of which were discovered near the Turkish coast, in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. For Mr Cavusoglu, the UN plan is reasonable and achievable. Ukraine and Russia must accept it.”

‘Crucial Weeks’

“We have prepared Food aisle plan [sécurisés]. We brought it to Russia but [Moscou] He brings the ball back to Ukraine,” a Turkish diplomatic source said, on condition of anonymity, after the joint press conference of Turkish and Russian ministers. Ukraine was not represented at this meeting.

As the world’s fourth largest exporter of corn, Ukraine was on track to become the world’s third largest exporter of wheat before the war. The ongoing conflict since February 24 has caused prices to skyrocket, posing a serious risk of famine in countries that depend on it, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. Moscow and Kef accuse each other of destroying grain stocks.

“The next few weeks will be crucial (…). We expect clear and tangible signals from Russia On Wednesday, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio warned that blocking wheat exports would mean holding them hostage and condemning millions of children, women and men to death.

The head of Italian diplomacy was speaking at the conclusion of a ministerial conference on food security in the Mediterranean, with the participation of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Germany, the current chair of the Group of Seven.

“Remove Obstacles”

“The concerned parties must be pressured (…) to allow the safe export of grain and other essential products without any delay,” called the Lebanese Foreign Minister, Abdullah Bouhabib, who “the world cannot remain in place.” Mercy of military crises in Europe or in other regions of the world.

In Ankara, the head of Turkish diplomacy considered the lifting of sanctions targeting Russian agricultural exports a “legitimate” one.

Mr. Cavusoglu specifically referred to “grains and fertilizers” which are not affected by Western sanctions against Moscow but whose exports are, in fact, prevented by the suspension of banking and financial exchanges.

Just before the war, Kyiv exported 12% of world wheat, 15% of corn, and 50% of sunflower oil every month.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday warned about the amount of Ukrainian grain banned due to the war. “Currently we have 20 to 25 tons blocked. This fall we can reach 70 to 75 million tons,” Mr. Zelensky said, adding that Ukraine is also discussing with Poland and the Baltic countries to export small quantities of grain by rail.

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