Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The aim of the talks scheduled for Sunday is to “strengthen” the Black Sea corridor set up with the grain deal, Erdogan said in Istanbul on Friday. He gave no details.
Brokered by Turkey and the United Nations, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement in July to export Ukrainian grain through a corridor in the Black Sea. The agreement ended a months-long blockade of Ukraine’s grain exports due to Russia’s war of aggression. Ships en route to or from Ukrainian ports are checked at a joint center in Istanbul by teams made up of representatives from Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the UN.
Ships sometimes wait more than a month for inspection
So far, 13 million tons of grain and other food have been exported, the center said Thursday. However, the checks are progressing slowly. There are currently 84 ships waiting to be inspected off the coast of Istanbul. “Some of these ships have been waiting for more than a month,” the center said.
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