Turkey can re-export Ukranian grains to countries in need - Erdogan
Update: 02 July 2022 17:20
Turkey has 20 ships ready to operate once there is a deal between Russia and Ukraine over a sea corridor for grain exports, Erdogan said
Turkey is in talks with Russia and Ukraine to re-export Black Sea grains to countries in need, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
Speaking to journalists after the Friday’s prayer, Erdogan said that Turkey already has 20 ships ready to operate in the region and can transport wheat, oat, barley and sunflower oil once there is a deal between the confronting countries.
“We can send the grains to the suffering countries by acting as an intermediary” he said.
Grain shipments from Ukraine have been halted by Russia's invasion, causing global food shortages.
Russian forces on Thursday abandoned the Black Sea outpost of Snake Island to loosen the blockade on Ukrainian ports after a UN appeal to open a sea corridor for grain exports.