Türkiye in favor of extending Ukraine grain agreement - Turkish presidential spokesperson

Türkiye Materials 9 October 2022 05:38 (UTC +04:00)
Türkiye in favor of extending Ukraine grain agreement - Turkish presidential spokesperson

Ankara wants the Ukraine grain deal, which was mediated jointly by Türkiye and the United Nations and is set to expire next month, to be extended, the presidential spokesperson said Friday, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah.

"We discussed this issue with the Ukrainian side. They have a positive view about this idea. We are also discussing the issue with the Russians," Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin told American news channel CNN.

"They have some concerns about sending their own crops, ammonia and fertilizers. They had an agreement with the U.N. So, they are trying to work out some details. These were some of the problems," he explained.

The landmark deal was signed by Russia, Ukraine, Türkiye, and the U.N. in Istanbul on July 22 to resume grain exports from Ukrainian ports.

The initial agreement was for 120 days and expires in November.

The Joint Coordination Centre with officials from the three countries and the U.N. was set up in Istanbul to oversee the shipments.

Since the first vessel sailed under the deal on Aug. 1, more than 260 ships have passed through the grain corridor with over 6 million tons of products.

Kalın said Türkiye is doing its best to bring both sides back to the negotiating table, adding that talks are expected to resume at some point.

"The question is: When we will come back to it and how much damage will have been done by then?" he said.

Kalın said he had discussed the issue with U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, who was in Istanbul last week.

"Our understanding is that Mr. Putin wants to have a new grand bargain, a new deal with the West. It's partly about Ukraine, no doubt. But the larger issue is really a new deal between Russia and the Western world," he said.

"There is a new Russia, there is a new world, there is a new reality, and they want to have a new bargain," he said.

This, according to Kalın, means that the "entire global liberal order is facing a big test," read a CNN report.