Grain export agreement between Ukraine and Russia: signing in Istanbul tomorrow

Grain export agreement between Ukraine and Russia: signing in Istanbul tomorrow

Erdogan’s announcement who mediated together with the United Nations: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also present

The agreement is reached and tomorrow there will be the signature: representatives of Ukraine and Russia will meet in Istanbul to ratify the agreement that will allow the transport of Ukrainian wheat through the Black Sea ports currently blocked by the Russian navy.

The announcement comes from the office of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan who was the great mediator in the negotiations together with the United Nations, on whose draft the agreement would have been found. And in fact in the Turkish metropolis, precisely in the historic Dolmabahce palace, there will also be the UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres.

The details of the plan were not disclosed but in the meeting of the parties, last week in Istanbul, a provisional plan was agreed which provides for joint checks of ships departing and arriving in Black Sea ports and a mechanism to ensure security of transfer routes. In addition, a coordination center for export shipment would be established in Istanbul under the supervision of United Nations officials as well as Turks, Russians and Ukrainians.

It is estimated that the restart of exports through the Black Sea will allow the passage of at least 20 million tons of Ukrainian wheat now blocked in ports, an action that would help alleviate the food crisis that in several countries has been exacerbated by the ongoing war.