Russia, Turkey discuss grain export corridor from Ukraine

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NATO member Turkey shares a sea border with both Russia and Ukraine in the Black Sea, and has been working to mediate between both sides in their war. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February halted Kyiv’s Black Sea grain exports, threatening a global food crisis, and has driven up world food prices to record levels. Russia has previously denied allegations that it has stolen Ukrainian grain. Ukraine also alleged last week that Russia was shipping stolen grain to Turkey out of Crimea, which it annexed in 2014. It also accused Russia of sending 100,000 tonnes of stolen Ukrainian wheat to Syria.


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Summary More talks needed on grain corridor, Cavusoglu saysLavrov says onus on Ukraine to de-mine its portsGlobal food crisis threatened by halt to Ukraine grain exportsANKARA, June 8 (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign minister said on Wednesday a United Nations plan to ease a global food crisis by restarting Ukrainian grain exports along a sea corridor was "reasonable", and required more talks with Moscow and Kyiv to ensure ships' safety. But Ukraine's ambassador to Turkey accused Russia of putting forward unrealistic proposals, such as checking vessels. Russia's Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine halted Kyiv's Black Sea grain exports, threatening a global food crisis. 1/3 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attend a news conference as they meet in Ankara, Turkey June 8, 2022. Turkey has the second biggest army in NATO and a substantial navy, but the head of the Ukrainian grain traders union said on Wednesday Ankara was not powerful enough to act as a guarantor.

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