Türkiye, UN, Russia, Ukraine sign deal to resume grain exports

Türkiye, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine on Friday signed a deal in Istanbul to resume Ukraine’s Black Sea grain exports.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attended the Signature Ceremony of Initiative on the Safe Transportation of Grain and Foodstuffs from Ukrainian Ports Document at the Dolmabahce Palace along with representatives from Russia and Ukraine.  

“We are proud of being instrumental in an initiative that will play a major role in the solution of the global food crisis that has occupied the whole world for a long time,” Erdogan said.

The president added: “We will contribute to preventing the danger of hunger that awaits billions of people in the world.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu signed the agreement on behalf of Russia, and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar inked the deal on Turkey’s behalf.

Turkey, Ukraine, and the UN signed their part of the agreement. On behalf of Kiev, it was signed by Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Alexander Kubrakov. On behalf of the UN, the grain export deal was signed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the ceremony of the signing of the agreement that took place at his residence as an historic event. The ceremony was preceded by negotiations between representatives of the delegations that took place at a military facility.