Moscow Talks: Turkey Advocates for Resumption of Grain Deal

At an imminent conference in Moscow, Turkey is set to make a compelling proposition regarding the contentious grain deal that has been on hiatus.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Moscow Talks: Turkey Advocates for Resumption of Grain Deal
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At an imminent conference in Moscow, Turkey is set to make a compelling proposition regarding the contentious grain deal that has been on hiatus. Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan is anticipated to pitch for the reinitiation of the grain deal in its initial structure, according to an insider from the diplomatic circles who spoke with TASS recently.

"Turkey has repeatedly asserted its stance on reviving the grain corridor in its original format, as outlined in the Istanbul agreements," the source disclosed. He went on to explain, "Turkey regards this corridor as the most effective and secure mechanism under the prevailing conditions, ensuring the Ukrainian conflict doesn’t spill over into the Black Sea."

The Unraveling of the Grain Deal

The backdrop of this proposition lies in the events of July 17, when Russia opted out of the grain deal.

This accord, settled a year prior, was designed to safeguard Ukrainian grain exports across the Black Sea. Further, the agreement intended to lay the groundwork for the export of agricultural products and fertilizers emanating from Russia.

Moscow's decision to step back from the deal was justified by the perceived non-fulfillment of commitments regarding Russian exports' global reach. This withdrawal led to heightened tensions. Adding fuel to the fire, the Russian defense ministry later sounded a cautionary note.

They stated that post the discontinuation of the grain deal, any vessel voyaging across the Black Sea en route to Ukrainian ports would be perceived as transporting military cargoes. Such ships, and by extension their nations, would be viewed as allies in the Ukrainian conflict siding with Kiev.

In another concerning development, certain maritime zones located in the northwestern and southeastern sections of the Black Sea's international waters were declared as being temporarily precarious for navigation. As the Moscow talks draw near, stakeholders across the globe will keenly watch for outcomes that could potentially recalibrate the geopolitical equilibrium in the region. Whether the grain deal's reinstatement will pave the way for harmony or further discord remains to be seen.

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