Turkey: Black Sea grain exports may start on August 1 | News from Germany about Europe | DW

Turkey expects grain export from Ukraine along the corridor in the Black Sea will start on 1 August. This was stated by the representative of the President of Turkey Ibrahim Kalin on Sunday, July 31. According to Kalyn, it remains to clarify a couple of details. As noted in Kyiv, more than 20 million tons of last year’s harvest are still waiting for export.

Monitoring center opened in Istanbul

In Istanbul before center opened on control over the export of Ukrainian grain. Turkey believes that the center can make a significant contribution to overcoming the food crisis, said Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar.

The coordination center will register merchant ships and track their movements, in particular, with the help of satellite data, Akar said. Vessels will have to undergo inspection for the absence of weapons on board when passing through the Bosphorus Strait, which connects the Black Sea with the Sea of ​​Marmara.

Deal brokered by Turkey and the UN

The creation of the center is part of a deal concluded on July 22 in Istanbul with the mediation of the UN and Turkey and aimed at ending the blockade of Ukrainian ports.

UN Secretary General António Guterres confirmed the signing of the agreement. According to the Secretary General, according to the agreement reached, exports will be carried out from three Ukrainian ports – Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny.

The UN, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine participated in the negotiations. A day later, July 23, the port Odessa was subjected to rocket fire from the Russian side.

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