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[GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS] Ukraine, Russia sign UN deal to export grain from Ukrainian ports

Ukraine and Russia have signed separate agreements with Turkey and the United Nations to export grain and other foodstuffs from Ukrainian ports.

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Beacon of hope’: Landmark Ukraine grain export deal signed in Turkey. The agreement was signed by Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov on behalf of Ukraine, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on behalf of the UN, and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on behalf of Turkey.

At the signing ceremony, President of Turkey Recep T. Erdogan said the grain deal would not only rescue billions from famine, but would also ease global food inflation.

Erdogan said the implementation of the deal will be carried out by a joint coordination centre in Istanbul.

Türkiye, UN, Russia and Ukraine have signed a deal in Istanbul to resume exports of grain through the Black Sea.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov signed separate deals with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, in Dolmabahce Palace on Friday.

He added that this initiative must be fully implemented and that it has taken immense effort and weeks of work from all sides to achieve this deal.

Guterres thanked all those who helped make the deal happen.

“To our hosts and President Erdogan and the government of Türkiye, your facilitation and persistence have been essential through every step of the process,” he said.

The deal was reached with Russia to allow the flow of grain from Ukraine, where some 20 million tonnes of grain is stuck.

Ankara and the UN have been working on a plan that would enable Ukraine to export millions of grain stockpiles that have been stuck in Ukraine’s Black Sea ports due to the conflict — a move that could ease a global food crisis that has sent wheat and other grain prices soaring.

Last week, the sides met in Istanbul, reaching a tentative agreement on the plan. The plan foresees joint controls of ships as they leave and arrive at Black Sea ports and a mechanism to ensure the safety of the transfer routes, Turkish officials said.

A coordination centre for the shipping of exports would be established in Istanbul and would include UN, Turkish, Russian and Ukrainian officials.

Ukraine, Turkey, Russia with UN support agree on 120-day-long grain export from Odesa, Chornomorsk, Pivdenny ports.

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