High-level talks on the global food crisis in the “final phase” in Ukraine, Russia and Turkey

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Negotiations about Ukrainian grain export entered its “final phase” on Wednesday when senior officials from Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the United Nations met in Istanbul to discuss the global food crisis.

“We are two steps away from an agreement with Russia,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in an interview with the Spanish edition of El Pais. “We are in the final phase, and now everything depends on Russia.”

International officials are sounding the alarm that blockade of exports from the Black Sea will have a monumental impact on food supplies around the world, especially in areas that are already suffering from food shortages, such as the countries of the Middle East and Africa.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba after a meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, April 7, 2022.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba after a meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, April 7, 2022.
(Evelyn Hockstein / poolside photo via AP)

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The Ukrainians directly pointed to the fault of Russia not only for the fact that the Black Sea is stocked with fish about 400 explosive mines but for preventing merchant ships from passing safely.

Russia, in turn, accused Ukraine of planting mines and called for demilitarization in order for Moscow to allow the passage of ships, an offer that Kyiv flatly rejected amid Russia’s deadly invasion.

“If they really want to, grain exports will start soon,” Kuleba said in an interview translated by Pravda.

The war that started in February sent shock waves around the world as the prices of grain, vegetable oil, fertilizer and fuel have risen sharply.

Turkey, a NATO ally with diplomatic relations with Russia, has since facilitated negotiations between Kyiv, Moscow and the UN.

Officials have remained silent on the details of the talks, but UN Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters on Tuesday: “We’re really hard at work, but there’s still a lot to be done.”

The details of the talks appear to center around a truce with Russia to allow Ukrainian ships to navigate merchant ships through mine-filled waters.

A boat of the Russian Navy of the Black Sea Fleet patrols the territory of the Mariupol seaport in Mariupol, in the territory administered by the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, Monday, May 30, 2022.

A boat of the Russian Navy of the Black Sea Fleet patrols the territory of the Mariupol seaport in Mariupol, in the territory administered by the Donetsk People’s Republic, eastern Ukraine, Monday, May 30, 2022.
(AP photo)

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Turkey, which controls access to key straits connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, will also inspect all ships with UN support to express Russia’s concerns about the use of sea lanes to “smuggle” weapons, Reuters reported.

But Kuleba warned on Wednesday that Russia could still drag out the talks in an effort to get some easing of sanctions imposed by Western countries.

“If they use this to keep playing their Hunger Games, they will continue to insist on the importance of negotiations,” Kuleba said.

A tractor at work in Ukraine, which together with Russia before the war accounted for 30% of world grain exports.

A tractor at work in Ukraine, which together with Russia before the war accounted for 30% of world grain exports.
(United Nations World Food Programme)

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Ukraine said on Tuesday it could start exporting grain via the Danube River, which flows into the Black Sea and flows through central and southeastern Europe, Reuters reported.

It is reported that the latest development was made possible withdrawal of Russia from the infamous Snake Island earlier this month.