Moscow, January 20 – Volodymyr Zelensky said that during a conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, he discussed expanding the geography of the grain deal to “other ports in Ukraine.”
On Friday, Zelensky had a telephone conversation with Erdogan, during which, among other things, the issue of Ukrainian grain exports was discussed.
Representatives of Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations on July 22 last year signed a grain deal, which has become an integral part of a comprehensive agreement providing for the liberalization of Russian exports of food and fertilizers. Moscow indicated that this did not happen. At the same time, there were assurances from the United Nations that restrictions on the export of food and fertilizers would be lifted. Russian Ambassador to Turkey Alexei Yerkhov indicated the lack of progress in implementing the memorandum of understanding between the Russian Federation and the United Nations on the normalization of Russian agricultural exports. He said Russian manufacturers and suppliers still faced freezes on bank payments, exorbitant insurance rates and denial of port access. The official representative of the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric, stated that the UN continues to work on removing obstacles to the export of Russian food and fertilizers.