In Iran, Putin points to progress in negotiations on Ukraine's grain exports

Russian President Vladimir Putin highlighted this Tuesday (19) in Tehran that negotiations on Ukrainian cereal exports are advancing, although there are still unresolved issues.

“With your mediation, we have made progress, but it is also true that there are still unresolved issues,” Putin said, at the beginning of a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Putin also thanked the Turkish president for welcoming talks on “issues related to the departure of grain from the Black Sea (ports)”, according to information from Russian news agencies.

The Kremlin previously confirmed that this would be one of the main topics during the bilateral meeting between Putin and Erdogan in Tehran, where both attended an Astana-shaped leaders’ summit on the Syrian conflict, along with Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi.

The adviser to the Russian president for International Affairs, Yuri Ushakov, said the day before that the negotiations on the export of Ukrainian cereals “are being actively carried out” and recalled that in 13 July the first four-party meeting involving Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN took place in Istanbul.

During the meeting, he pointed out, an agreement was reached to “draw up a joint document defining the legal bases and general mechanisms for the export of cereals from Ukrainian ports”.

He also recalled that the parties agreed to create a joint coordination center in Istanbul. “We are prepared to continue working in this direction and we will,” assured Ushakov.

At the meeting in Tehran, Putin said that the next meeting of the so-called Astana format will be held in Russia, without revealing the date. .

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