Çavuşoğlu and Lavrov discuss developments in the grain agreement

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov discussed developments related to the grain shipment agreement.

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This came in a telephone conversation between the two sides on Tuesday, according to a statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

The ministry statement said that Çavuşoğlu and Lavrov discussed the developments of the grain shipment agreement, without giving more details about the content of the phone call.

And on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced the suspension of the movement of ships through the safe passage specified under the Black Sea Initiative for the transport of grain, “due to its use by Ukraine in conducting combat operations against Russia.”

Last July 22, Istanbul witnessed the signing of the “Document on the Safe Shipping Initiative for Grain and Foodstuffs from Ukrainian Ports” between Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and the United Nations.

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The agreement included securing exports of grain stuck in the Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea (Eastern Europe) to the world to address the global food shortage crisis, which threatens a humanitarian catastrophe.