Turkey proposes to create an operational center for Ukrainian grain in Istanbul

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The Turkish authorities propose to create an operational center in Istanbul for the export of grain from Ukraine. This was announced on Thursday, June 23, by the Minister of National Defense of the Republic, Hulusi Akar.

The minister spoke about the “positive and constructive” visit of the Turkish military delegation to Moscow, reports RIA Novosti. “We brought up topics for discussion that could be useful both for the region and for Russia and Ukraine. We raised the issue of the possibility of creating an operational center in Istanbul, work is underway with the UN in this direction,” Akar explained.

Earlier, Akar spoke about a new step towards solving the problem with the export of grain from Ukrainian ports. Together with Ukraine and Russia, an open communication channel has been formed through the Ministry of Defense to resolve the situation. “We have intensive negotiation traffic with both Russia and Ukraine. Both sides have some reservations,” the Turkish minister said.

After the start of the Russian special operation, Ukraine stopped exporting grain through the Black Sea ports. Kyiv accuses Moscow of their blockade. The Russian side, in response, calls on Ukraine to clear its own ports of mines and offers to provide guarantees for the safety of shipping routes.

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