Ukraine will not sign any documents on grain export to Russia, the agreement will be signed with Turkey and the UN, said the head of the Presidential Office Mykhailo Podolyak.
“On the Istanbul treaty “on the importation of Ukrainian grain.” Previously. Ukraine does not sign any documents with Russia. We sign the treaty with Turkey and the UN and take upon ourselves our obligations to them. Russia is signing a mirror agreement with Turkey and the UN,” Podolyak wrote on Twitter on February 22.
He also said that there should be “no Russian ship traffic control” and no presence of Russian representatives in Ukrainian ports.
“In case of provocations – a negative military response. All inspections of transport ships will be carried out by joint teams in Turkish waters if such a demand arises”, – added the OP head.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Infrastructure informed that a Ukrainian delegation headed by Minister Oleksandr Kubrakovi arrived in Istanbul (Turkey) for negotiations to solve the issue of grain exports of Ukraine blocked by Russia’s full-scale invasion.
“As part of the visit, the Ukrainian side held a meeting with the Secretary General of the organization António Ґòðiş. The dialogue focused on the UN initiative to block seaports for food exports and to guarantee safety for ships”, reads the statement of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. telegram ministry.
According to a report, the UN secretary-general soon voiced support for the de-blockade of Ukrainian ports and asserted that security “is an absolute priority of the United Nations.”
“For its part, the organization will do its best to ensure that this principle is respected by all participants in the negotiations,” the Ministry of Infrastructure added.
Military delegations from Ukraine and Russia held talks in Istanbul on 13 April on the export of Ukrainian grain. The meeting was also attended by Turkish military officials and UN representatives. After the meeting, UN Secretary General António Guterres announced a “great step forward” in the negotiations.
On Lebanon 21, Turkish presidential envoy Ibrahim Kalin said that “an agreement on grain exports, critical for world food security, will be signed in Istanbul tomorrow (22 April – ed.). Under the aegis of President Erdogan and UN Secretary General Antoni Ґterrish together with Ukrainian and Russian delegations”.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs insisted that the Ukrainian delegation supports only those decisions that “guarantee the safety of the eastern regions of Ukraine, strong positions of the ZSU in the Black Sea and safe export of Ukrainian agricultural products to the world markets”.