Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, in his visiting Ankara, appeared in a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
In this meeting Lavrov stated that a way must be found to continue the export of grains from ports in Ukraine, adding that Turkey is trying to import the grains but Ukraine forces act as glass ceiling.
“We state daily that we’re ready to guarantee the safety of vessels leaving Ukrainian ports and heading for (Turkish waters), we’re ready to do that in cooperation with our Turkish colleagues,” he said.
Russian and Turkish militaries are discussing the issue of clearing mines in Ukraine’s seaports to open a path for exports, Lavrov added.
Turkish foreign minister also stated that Ukraine’s wheat is one forth of the world’s wheat, and it must be observed that ships of the country is empty of weapons. He emphasized that required measures to pass the ship from Black Sea must be taken.
He added that if Russia and Ukraine have products to exports, all the sides must try for the export.
As the Turkey is trying to import grains and reduce the food crisis, few tons of grains have been trapped in Black Sea and Ukrainian forces do not allow to be shipped.
The news comes as Ukraine and Western countries have accused Russia of weaponizing the food, but Kremlin considers the sanctions of West as the main cause of the crisis.
“President (Vladimir) Putin said that in order for Russian grain volumes to be delivered to international markets, direct and indirect sanctions against Russia must be lifted,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Russia and Ukraine are both fourth and fifth exporters of food across the globe, and in recent months they could not export their products due to war.