On Sunday, July 9, Russian and Turkish Foreign Ministers Sergei Lavrov and Hakan Fidan held telephone conversations.
“During the talks, the ministers discussed Ukraine and the latest developments around the Istanbul agreement on grain,” said the TASS source from Ankara.
In turn, the Russian Foreign Ministry clarified that the conversation took place on the initiative of the Turkish side:
“The parties exchanged views on the regional agenda with an emphasis on recent events around Ukraine, including the situation with the return of the “leaders of Azov” (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation) from Istanbul to Kiev,” the ministry’s website says.
It was indicated on Smolenskaya Square that Ankara’s attention “was drawn to the destructiveness of the course towards continuing the supply of military equipment” to Kyiv.
“Relevant steps, as was emphasized, can only lead to negative consequences. The prospects for further cooperation on issues related to ensuring global food security in the face of the inability of Western states to take the steps necessary to implement the well-known “package initiative” of the UN Secretary General were also touched upon.
It should be added that on July 5, the Turkish Foreign Minister discussed with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken the implementation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which expires on July 17. Fidan said that Ankara is in favor of its extension. According to him, the Istanbul agreements helped prevent a global food crisis.
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The fate of the grain deal
The grain deal agreement between Russia and Ukraine was concluded in July 2022 separately from each other through the mediation of Turkey and the UN. The agreement consists of two parts: the first part concerns the export of Ukrainian agricultural products from the ports of Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny; the second is the removal of restrictions on Russian agricultural exports. The grain deal was repeatedly extended, reminds RBC.
In early July, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that there were no grounds for extending the agreement, since the part of the deal relating to the export of Russian fertilizers was still not being fulfilled.
Among Moscow’s demands is the reconnection of Rosselkhozbank to the international SWIFT system. In Kyiv, they said they were not going to make concessions to Moscow for the sake of preserving the grain corridor.
Russia and Ukraine by the beginning of the 2020s were one of the main exporters of grain in the world market. After the start of a special military operation, Western countries imposed sanctions against the Russian Federation, banning, in particular, the maintenance and insurance of Russian ships. Rosselkhozbank was disconnected from SWIFT.
“Kalina, Volyn, to Ukraine”
On the eve of the ex-commanders of “Azov” (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) Denis Prokopenko, Svyatoslav Palamar with the call sign Kalina, Sergey Volynsky with callsign Volyn and a few more people returned to their homeland. At the airport in Istanbul, they were met by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, together with him they flew away from Turkey.
According to Prokopenko, soon the “Azov” intend to “return to the front and prove themselves in battle.”
Commenting on the situation, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow regards what happened as “a direct violation of the terms of the existing agreements.” According to him, both Ankara and Kyiv violated the agreement, while the Russian authorities were not even informed about the transfer of military personnel.