Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that Russia is ready to negotiate with Ukraine and Turkey on ways to export Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea.
“We are ready to negotiate with our Ukrainian and Turkish colleagues. We have all the solutions when it comes to Ukrainian grain, ”said the head of Russian diplomacy at a press conference in Nusua Dua, where he is participating in the meeting of foreign ministers of the G20 countries.
He added that, for this, “Ukraine must unblock its ports, demine them or guarantee the safe passage (of ships) through the minefields.”
Then, Lavrov added, “already outside the territorial sea of Ukraine, Russia and Turkey are ready to ensure the safety of the ships, escort them to the straits, and later, in the Mediterranean Sea, they will continue to navigate on their own.”
He stressed that in this process the military have a fundamental role, since the scheme contemplates the use of naval forces.
“I cannot say when the talks will continue. I haven’t been in Moscow for days, but we are always ready. This I can confirm, ”she stressed.
This Thursday, on the eve of the G20 ministerial meeting, Lavrov held a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavasoglu, in which they discussed “the interaction of Russia and Turkey in the Black Sea,” according to Moscow.
Last Tuesday, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, declared that he trusts that in the next few days an agreement can be reached for the export of Ukrainian grain from the ports of that country, blocked by the Russian military campaign in the neighboring nation.
Ukraine denounced the blockade of ports occupied by Russia, such as Berdyansk or Mariupolwhile Russia affirms that it does not impede maritime transport, but for this kyiv must first demine the port of Odessa.
NEW PARTNER MEETINGS
The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, met this Friday in a group with his counterparts from France, Germany and the United Kingdom, on the margins of the G20 Foreign Summit in Indonesia to look for ways to provide “additional humanitarian and humanitarian support”. in security” to Ukraine.
Blinken held a meeting on the Indonesian island of Bali with the French Foreign Minister, Catherine Colonna; the German, Annalena Baerbock; and the British deputy director of politics, Tim Barrow, who replaces the head of diplomacy, Liz Truss, who left the country after the resignation of Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, the day before.
The group discussed joint ways to provide Ukraine with “additional security and humanitarian support while continuing its defense against Russia’s unjustifiable and unprovoked war,” Blinken spokesman Ned Price said.
(With information from EFE)
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