U.S. welcomes Turkey’s help to export Ukrainian grain

The United States welcomed Turkey’s help in exporting grain stuck in Ukrainian ports since Russia’s invasion of the country.

“We certainly welcome Turkey’s involvement in trying to broker some kind of arrangement to allow shipping of grain,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said on Thursday, Reuters reported.

Turkey, which has sought to remain neutral in the conflict while opposing punitive
measures on Russia, is attempting to help facilitate a U.N. plan to set up a food corridor along the Black Sea via Turkey to restart Ukraine’s grain exports.

Since the Russian invasion that began in February, Ukrainian grain shipments from its Black Sea ports have stalled, with some 20 million tonnes of grain stuck in silos, threatening a worldwide food crisis.

Washington is working with allies and partners to get Ukrainian grain out of the country, Kirby said.

Turkey is waiting for Russia’s positive response to an invitation to hold a meeting in Istanbul with Ukrainian officials to discuss a deal on a grain corridor, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Thursday.

Çavuşoğlu said Turkey would not partake in the trade of stolen Ukrainian grain or allow it into Turkey. Product received from Russia thus far has been labelled Russian and Turkey is investigating the port of origin of such shipments, he said.

 

 

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