Turkish-Ukrainian talks on grain shipment developments

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Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar discussed with Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kobrakov the developments of grain shipment under the Istanbul Agreement.

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This came during a telephone conversation between them on Thursday, according to a statement published by the Turkish Ministry of Defense.

The ministry said that Akar and Kubrakov exchanged views on the shipment of grain and reviewed additional measures that could be taken to speed up shipment.

According to the statement, the two sides welcomed the ongoing work of the Joint Coordination Center, which was formed within the framework of the Istanbul Agreement.

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On July 27, the city of Istanbul witnessed the opening of the Coordination Center to ensure the safe shipment of grain from Ukrainian ports, which includes representatives from Turkey, Ukraine, Russia and the United Nations.

On the 22nd of the same month, a ceremony was held in Istanbul under the patronage of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, a ceremony for 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 guarantees securing exports of grain stuck in the Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea (Eastern Europe) to the world.