Peskov: We are negotiating with Turkey a corridor for the export of Ukrainian grain

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Peskov: We are negotiating with Turkey a corridor for the export of Ukrainian grain

President Vladimir Putin has no plans to take part in the talks, Peskov said. A Turkish military delegation will travel to Russia this week to discuss details aimed at establishing a possible grain corridor, Turkish television reported earlier Tuesday, citing information from the Turkish presidency.

Russia and Ukraine have reached a stalemate in negotiations over grain exports from Ukrainian ports. The sources speaking to Reuters said a four-way meeting between Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, and the Un would be held in Istanbul in the coming weeks, possibly with the participation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The sources said that the plan envisaged creating three corridors from Ukraine’s Black Sea port city of Odesa under Kyiv’s supervision and that both Ukrainian and Russian food products would be shipped from there.

They said 30 to 35 million tonnes of grain could be shipped from the port in the next six to eight months.

Russia has occupied large parts of Ukraine's coast

Russia has occupied large parts of Ukraine's coast, blocking exports and rising grain prices.

Russia, on the other hand, blames sanctions on the food crisis for restricting its grain exports. Russia's invasion has blocked the export of Ukrainian cereals across the Black Sea, a key export route to Ukraine, the world's fourth-largest grain producer.

Silos in the territory controlled by Ukrainian forces are about half full before the harvest, which means that the crop could remain undefended if Russia does not break the blockade of ports on the Black Sea, the head of the Ukrainian Farmers Association warned in early June.

The war could lead to serious food shortages globally, as Russia and Ukraine account for about 29 percent of world wheat exports. As many as 345 million people are facing food insecurity in 82 countries, more than double the number before the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine, the World Food Program (WFP) reported on Monday.