The European Union thanks Turkey for its efforts

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The European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell thanked Turkey for its efforts to reactivate the Ukraine grain shipment agreement.

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In a statement posted on Twitter Thursday, Borrell stressed the need not to use food as a weapon of war, accusing Russia of provoking the global food crisis.

He stressed that the export of grain has an existential importance at the current stage for its role in preventing a food crisis.

The European official thanked Turkey and the United Nations for their role in reactivating the Ukrainian grain shipment agreement.

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On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced Moscow’s return to participating in the grain agreement, after obtaining written guarantees from Ukraine thanks to Turkey’s support and the participation of the United Nations.

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 that threatens a humanitarian catastrophe.