Turkey: Russia and Ukraine will sign an agreement in Istanbul

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Russia and Ukraine will sign an agreement on grain exports on Friday afternoon in Istanbul, the Turkish presidency announced Thursday evening.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, as well as representatives of Russia and Ukraine, will attend the signing ceremony, which will take place at 13:30 GMT at Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, the quoted source added, according to AFP, quoted by Agerpres, informs Digi24.

The agreement should allow an exit through the Black Sea of ​​Ukrainian grains blocked by the war and a reduction of barriers to exports of Russian grains and fertilizers.

In New York, the deputy spokesman of the UN, Farhan Haq, announced that Antonio Guterres and his two negotiators are expected in Istanbul soon.

“The Secretary General will go to Istanbul this evening (Thursday) as part of efforts to ensure full global access to Ukrainian food products and Russian food and fertilizers,”

he said.

Ukraine’s important agricultural production has been largely stuck in the country’s ports since the start of the Russian offensive due to the fighting, with fears that a global food crisis could break out.

Russian grain and fertilizer exports are in turn affected by Western sanctions that hit Russian logistics and financial chains.