Turkey, Russia to hold talks on sea corridor for Ukrainian exports

Ankara and Moscow will discuss creating a potential sea corridor for Ukrainian agricultural exports as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is set to visit Turkey with a military delegation on June 8, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Tuesday.

In a phone call with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia was ready to facilitate the unhindered export of grain from Ukrainian ports in coordination with Turkey.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Çavuşoğlu said work was still underway with the United Nations to reach an agreement on creating the corridor from the Black Sea, but that issues between Moscow and Kyiv remained.

He said the UN had proposed forming a joint observation mechanism to monitor the shipping route, and that Turkey was open to the idea.

He said Russia wanted some Western sanctions targeting its insurance sector lifted, as it would impact the ships that will participate in the potential shipping network, while Ukraine did not want Russian warships to approach its docks in Odessa.

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