Spokesperson of the US Department of State, “Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow today and pointed out the importance of renewing the grain initiative. Does the US State Department have any comments on this? How does he evaluate his efforts? answered the question in writing.
Stating that Russia’s decision to end its grain initiative harms societies struggling with food insecurity, the US State Department Spokesperson said, “We welcome the efforts of Turkey and other countries to return Russia to the agreement.” made his statement.
The spokesperson noted that they are in contact with the United Nations (UN) and Turkey, which are making great efforts to make the grain initiative possible and functional.
“We thank our NATO ally Turkey for her diplomatic and operational efforts in the context of the Black Sea Grain Corridor Agreement.” Using his statements, the Spokesperson of the US State Department stated that they also welcome Turkey’s ongoing constructive role.
Description of the grain corridor agreement from Fidan
Foreign Minister Fidan, at a press conference with Lavrov in Moscow, said about the Black Sea Grain Initiative, “With the contributions of our country, the UN has prepared a new proposal package. We think that this constitutes a suitable basis for the revival of the initiative.” had used the words.
Noting that the work will continue, Fidan said, “This agreement is extremely important for both world food security and the stability and peace of the Black Sea.” had made a statement.
Black Sea Grain Corridor Agreement
In order to reduce the impact of the Ukraine-Russia War on global food prices, the UN, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine signed the Black Sea Grain Corridor Agreement at a ceremony held in Istanbul on July 22, 2022.
Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitriy Peskov made a statement on 17 July regarding the expired agreement, “The grain corridor agreement has actually come to an end, it has been stopped. Russia will immediately return to the grain agreement as soon as the relevant conditions are implemented. The part of the agreement regarding Russia has not been fulfilled.” had used the words.