Agreement on grain exports between Kyiv and Moscow

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (left) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Friday. Khalil Hamra/AP

STORY – Five months after the start of the war, Ukraine and Russia have finally managed to agree on the resumption of deliveries.

It was a long-awaited agreement, in a context of global rise in the prices of agricultural products and while several countries, mainly in Africa, are threatened with famine, deprived of their imports of Ukrainian cereals. Five months after the start of the Russian invasion, kyiv and Moscow finally managed to agree on the resumption of these deliveries.

In reality, two agreements were signed on Friday in Istanbul: one by Ukraine, the other by Russia, which each made commitments vis-à-vis Turkey and the United Nations, mediators of this crisis. . The agreement records the creation of so-called “secure” corridors to ensure, via the Black Sea, the export of millions of tonnes of wheat and other cereals, blocked in Ukrainian ports. In this case, three ports are concerned: those of Odessa, Chornomorsk and Pivdennyi.

‘Quickly’ implement the agreement

The word “secure” is understood differently in Kyiv and Moscow. For Ukraine, it means ensuring that its merchant ships will not be attacked…

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