Istanbul Agreement on the Black Sea Export of Ukrainian Grain

by Olha Povaliaieva
Friday, July 22, 2022
Istanbul Agreement on the Black Sea Export of Ukrainian Grain

The agreement will be signed between Ukraine, the UN and Turkey. There will be no agreement with Russia

The head of the president's office, Mykhailo Podolyak, named the preliminary terms of the agreement regarding the safe export of Ukrainian agricultural products through the Black sea. Podoliak said the agreement is being signed between Ukraine, Turkey and the UN. There will be no treaty with an aggressor country that does not keep its word. However, there will be consequences for violating the agreement on the Russian side.

"Ukraine does not sign any documents with Russia. We sign an agreement with Turkey and the UN and undertake obligations to them. Russia signs a mirror agreement with Turkey and the UN. No escorting of transport by Russian ships and no presence of Russian representatives in our ports. In case of provocations, an immediate military response. All inspections of transport ships will be carried out by joint teams in Turkish waters should the need arise," Mykhailo Podolyak.

Today at 4:30 p. m., in Istanbul's Dolmabahçe palace, agreements are expected to be signed between Ukraine-Turkey-UN and Turkey-UN-Russia. The delegations represent: Ukraine — minister of infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov, UN — secretary-general Antonio Guterres, Turkey — president Recep Erdogan, and the aggressor country — minister of defence Sergei Shoigu.

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