The war between Russia and Ukraine has brought the world to the brink of a food crisis.
The war between the two countries, which are considered to be the granaries of the world, has affected countries that have difficulty in accessing food the most.
Turkey stepped in to prevent a possible food crisis in Africa and Asia.
As a result of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s intense diplomatic traffic and outstanding efforts, representatives of the two countries met in Istanbul.
The Black Sea Grain Corridor Agreement was signed at the Dolmabahçe Palace.
Turkey’s Efforts Yielded Results
In the aftermath, the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war was about to bring about a new grain crisis, but Turkey intervened again.
The Black Sea Grain Corridor Agreement, signed in Istanbul in July last year, was last extended for two months in March.
Russia, which had previously approved 120-day agreements, this time halved the deadline and signaled that it would withdraw if its conditions were not met.
Extended For 2 More Months
And as the relevant agreement expired, President Erdoğan gave good news to the whole world.
Erdoğan announced that the Black Sea Grain Corridor Agreement has been extended for another 2 months.
President Erdoğan made the following statements on the subject:
Thanks to Turkey’s leadership, the constructive stances of Russia and Ukraine, and the facilitation of the United Nations, the agreement signed in Istanbul on July 22, 2022 had been extended several times. The last extension was about to expire. Thanks to the efforts of our country, the support of our Russian friends and the contributions of our Ukrainian friends, it was decided to extend the Black Sea Grain Corridor Agreement for another 2 months.
“We will continue our efforts to ensure that the agreement will continue in the future by fulfilling all its conditions”
I wish this decision, which is of vital importance for the uninterrupted functioning of global food supply chains, especially in terms of facilitating access to grain for countries in need, to be beneficial to all parties. We will continue our efforts to ensure that the agreement will continue in the future by fulfilling all its conditions. Our Russian friends have also informed us that they will not prevent the exit of Turkish ships from the ports of Mykolayiv and Olvia. We are grateful to them for this.