Turkey issues update on Ukrainian grain exports

Turkey, Ukraine, Russia and Turkey began their work within a UN-backed organization in Istanbul.

The Joint Coordination Center, established under the landmark UN-brokered deal to unblock Ukraine’s grain exports, has begun its work in Istanbul, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday.

“Representatives of Russia and Ukraine, as well as of the UN, have now started to work together with Turkey at the Joint Coordination Center,”Akar spoke to Anadolu Agency via a statement. 

As he was commenting on an alleged missile attack on Odessa in Ukraine, the minister said the following: “A major trading hub in the Southwest of the country,” he stated. Officials from Kiev claim that Moscow was responsible for the attack, saying the port was hit with four cruise missiles. Ukraine claims that two of the projectiles were intercepted and the remaining made it through anti-aircraft defences.

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FILE PHOTO. A port in Odessa, Ukraine.
Ukraine claims Russia targeted major port city

This incident happened just one day after the deal had been struck. “disturbing,”Akar acknowledged that he was sorry, but said that he hopes the center’s work will be continued.  
“The fact that this incident took place right after the agreement we made yesterday regarding the grain shipment has really worried us, and we are disturbed by this. However, we continue to fulfill our responsibilities in the agreement,” Akar said.

Although Moscow has not spoken out on the issue, the Russian government had previously stated that its military strikes on Ukrainian territory are limited to the current conflict. Akar stated that Ankara had been in contact with Moscow and Kiev regarding the alleged attack.

“Russians told us that they had absolutely nothing to do with this attack and that they were examining the affair very closely and in detail,”The minister was revealed.

It “reported strikes”On the Odessa port, have already been “unequivocally”UN condemns. “Yesterday, all parties made clear commitments on the global stage to ensure the safe movement of Ukrainian grain and related products to global markets,”Farhan Haq was a spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. He said that the products were made from grain. “are desperately needed to address the global food crisis and ease the suffering of millions of people in need around the globe.”



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