Turkey will not cease its efforts to end the war in Ukraine and establish peace between Kyiv and Moscow, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a statement following the parties’ agreement on a grain corridor in the Black Sea for avert a global food crisis.
“We are decisive in continuing our diplomatic efforts until peace is established between Russia and Ukraine. We hope to derive good results from our meetings and contacts [with Russia and Ukraine] at all levels, including the leadership, in the not too distant future,” Erdoğan said at a meeting in the central Anatolian city of Kayseri on July 23.
Erdoğan’s statement came a day after Russia and Ukraine signed separate agreements with Turkey and the UN for the establishment of a joint coordination center in Istanbul for the implementation of the expedition. Ukrainian and Russian grain and other food products as well as fertilizers to world markets. .
It was the first time that two warring parties had agreed on a major plan since war broke out on February 24. It is believed that with the transport of tens of millions of wheat to markets, the world will avoid a major global crisis.
Erdoğan said the signing of the agreement was a great achievement for humanity. “We carried out the signing ceremony of the agreement which will pave the way for the export of grain in the silos of Ukraine across the Black Sea. We will make a significant contribution to averting the global food crisis through the expedition which will begin in the next few days,” he said.
The authorities of Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and the United Nations will quickly start work for the establishment of the coordination center in Istanbul, which will play a key role in the execution of the plan. According to the agreement, the center will monitor maritime security on a minute-by-minute basis and take action on potential breaches and security concerns.
Thanks to its good relations with the two nations, Turkey has led initiatives to end the clashes between Russia and Ukraine and reach a ceasefire since late February. He managed to host Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in early March in Antalya in a three-way meeting with the participation of Çavuşoğu.
Representatives of both sides met in Istanbul on March 29 to discuss a plan to end the clashes, but no breakthrough could be achieved due to last-minute developments on the ground.
Erdoğan, in his address at the signing ceremony, reiterated his goal to help end the war. “Whatever direction developments on the ground take, the war will eventually end on the negotiating table. It will benefit all of humanity if the friendly and peaceful atmosphere we have now established turns into steps towards ending the war,” he said.
“We will continue to act with the awareness of the responsibility imposed on us by our understanding of civilization. We will continue to fulfill our duties as a neighbor until peace reigns in our region,” the President added.