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Erdogan: Turkey will continue its efforts under the wheat deal despite Russia’s reluctance

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey would continue its efforts for a deal to export grain across the Black Sea, despite Russia’s reluctance, after Moscow suspended its participation in the initiative over the weekend.

“Even if Russia has acted hesitantly because it has not reaped the same benefits, we will vigorously continue our efforts to serve humanity,” added Erdogan. in a speech.

“Although Russia is reluctant because it does not have the same facilities (as Ukraine), we are determined to continue efforts in the service of humanity,” said the Turkish president, one of the sponsors of the agreement signed on July 19 in Istanbul.

Separately, a UN spokesperson said that the first of Monday’s planned inspections of 40 ships had been completed in Istanbul waters only by a UN and Turkish team, rather than previous teams that also included Russians and Ukrainians before that. Moscow suspended its role in the agreement.

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kobrakov said 12 ships moved from Ukrainian ports today, Monday, as part of the Black Sea Grains Initiative, after a UN spokesperson for the initiative told Reuters that Teams from Turkey and the United Nations had resumed inspection of ships under agreement control. .

On Saturday, Russia suspended its participation in the agreement to export Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports “indefinitely” due to what it described as its inability to “ensure the safety of civilian ships” sailing under the agreement after its Black Sea fleet was attacked.

“Today 12 ships left Ukrainian ports. The UN and Turkish delegations sent 10 inspection teams to inspect 40 ships with the aim of fulfilling their obligations under the Black Sea Grain Initiative. The Ukrainian delegation accepted this plan. inspection. The Russian delegation was informed, “Kobrakov tweeted.

The United Nations said it has agreed with Ukraine and Turkey a plan for the movement of 16 ships today, Monday, of which 12 will leave Ukrainian ports and four will enter, and also intend to inspect 40 ships during the day that relocate. and now they are anchored near Istanbul.

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