Turkey boosts diplomatic efforts to create food corridor


Turkey appears to have accelerated its diplomatic efforts to create a food corridor from Ukraine to world markets possible under a plan drafted by the United Nations.


While a military delegation holds talks with their Russian counterparts in Moscow, Turkey will host the UK’s defense and foreign ministers on June 23 in the Turkish capital.

With growing concerns about the food crisis, especially in developing countries, due to the obstruction of the export of millions of tons of grain in Ukrainian ports and silos, Turkey and the United Nations are repeating their efforts to overcome the crisis.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres held a phone conversation earlier in the week in a bid to coordinate ongoing efforts to create a safe passage for ships carrying grain and other products to global markets. Erdogan spoke about the matter with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson by phone late on June 22, as the two men addressed concerns about a potential global food crisis.

Erdogan stressed the need to find a final solution to the export of grain from Ukraine, as he read a statement issued by the President’s office. They also discussed the developments of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the upcoming NATO summit in Madrid.

In addition to the phone conversation between the two leaders, Ankara and London will hold high-level personal meetings on June 23 in the Turkish capital. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Defense Minister Ben Wallace will hold separate talks in Ankara with their counterparts Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.
“Bilateral relations as well as current regional and international issues will be discussed in the meetings,” said a statement issued by the Turkish Foreign Ministry regarding Truss’s visit to Ankara.


Talks are underway on the plan

The two ships’ visits are planned separately, according to the sources, and both will focus on the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, efforts to find a solution to the Black Sea food corridor as well as the NATO leaders’ agenda. Summit on June 28-30 in Madrid.

The British government is supporting Turkey’s efforts to create a safe passage for grain under a UN plan. Turkey has been in close dialogue with Ukraine and Russia to transport about 25 million tons of grain in silos and cargo ships in the port of Odessa.

Ships cannot sail in the Black Sea because of mines that Ukrainian forces have planted around the port of Odessa against a possible Russian attack. The initial plan was to remove mines from the area, but Ukraine objected to the idea due to the persistent Russian threat.


The parties are now discussing whether safe passage can be provided for ships escorted by Turkish warships. Military experts from the concerned parties will also participate in these talks.

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