Peskov explained the meaning of the agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain

According to Peskov, an agreement on the export of grain from Ukraine is necessary to overcome the impending food crisis, which Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly warned

The signing of an agreement in Istanbul on the export of grain from Ukraine is necessary to overcome the general food crisis, Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president, told reporters, Interfax reports.

According to him, President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting in Tehran, stressed that against the backdrop of an impending food crisis, it is imperative to unblock the supply of fertilizers, food, and grain to world markets.

“And in this regard, it is not critical— because it will not render special, decisive help, this is a relatively small amount of Ukrainian grain,— but, nevertheless, it is very important that this grain gets to the world markets, and also that those indirect restrictions that apply to our goods also allow the market to receive additional volumes of fertilizers, and grain, and so on. And Putin in Tehran spoke about the direct connection of all this, & mdash; noted Peskov.

Since the beginning of the military operation in Ukraine, Kyiv and Western countries have accused Moscow of blocking ships with grain and other agricultural products in Ukrainian ports. UN Secretary General António Guterres and many world leaders have previously warned that a grain lockdown could lead to world starvation. Russia, in turn, expressed its readiness to help with the export of Ukrainian agricultural products, but pointed to the ports mined by Kyiv.

Last week, the delegations of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN held talks on grain in Istanbul and agreed to establish a coordination center in this city. Moscow also presented its proposals, which, according to the Ministry of Defense, were generally supported by the meeting participants. The issue of exporting Ukrainian grain was also raised at the talks between Russian and Turkish Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran on July 19.

According to the People's Deputy, a member of the Ukrainian delegation at the talks with Russia, Rustem Umerov, Ukrainian grain is planned to be exported from three ports: Odessa, Yuzhny and Chernomorsk. The monitoring group under the auspices of the UN will follow the rules for the safety of transportation, it is not planned to let Russian ships into the waters of Ukraine, he said. Vessels will also be checked to ensure they are free of military cargo.

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According to the press service of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an agreement on grain exports will be signed on Friday, July 22. According to TASS with reference to the Turkish TV channel Haberturk, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has already arrived in Turkey.

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