Ukraine and Russia negotiators in Turkey reach deal to resume grain exports


Deutsche Welle reports: After months of global grain shortages, negotiators in Turkey say they’ve reached a deal to resume grain exports from Ukraine. After hours of negotiations in Istanbul, Turkey’s Defence Minister announced Ukraine and Russia had reached an agreement to allow grain shipments through the Black Sea. Turkey and the United Nations helped broker the deal, expected to be signed next week. The deal would end a months-long impasse that’s left more than 20 million tons of much-needed grain stuck in Ukrainian ports — unable to leave because of fighting in the country.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said more work was still needed to finalize the deal, but hailed the breakthrough as a ‘critical step forward.’

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