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Foreign Ministers of Turkey, Kyrgyzstan discuss conflict resolution in Ukraine

The Foreign Affairs Ministers of Turkey and Kyrgyzstan discussed settlement of the conflict in Ukraine. Hakan Fidan said it to journalists after a meeting with Jeenbek Kulubaev. A broadcast on the website of Anadolu news agency says.

It is noted that Hakan Fidan and Jeenbek Kulubaev at the talks in Bishkek discussed the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine and the possibility of resuming the grain deal.

«We exchanged views on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, as well as how Turkey as one of the largest countries of the Black Sea basin can use this to resolve it and resume the grain deal,» Hakan Fidan said.

The grain deal — the agreement on a corridor for ships carrying Ukrainian grain, signed in July 2022, was terminated on July 18, 2023. Russia has notified Turkey, Ukraine and the UN of its objection to its extension. Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier noted that the terms of the deal were not fulfilled with regard to Russia, and the West exported most of the Ukrainian grain to its own states, while the main goal of the deal — grain supplies to needy countries, including African countries — was never realized.

After that, Ankara and Moscow started discussing an initiative to organize supplies of 1 million tons of Russian grain to Turkey at a preferential price with financial support from Qatar. This grain, after processing into flour, is supposed to be delivered to needy African countries.