Deal allowing the export of Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports, blockaded by Russia, is signed
A deal allowing the export of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea was signed in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Friday, July 22, 2022, after months of negotiations. The deal aims at resuming grain exports from Ukrainian ports blocked by Russia due to its brutal invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
Ukraine did not sign any documents with Russia, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, reported. Ukraine signed a deal with the UN and Turkey, and so did Russia.
At the signing ceremony in Istanbul, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the grain export deal would prevent billions of people from facing famine.
“Today, there is a beacon on the Black Sea. A beacon of hope, a beacon of possibility, a beacon of relief in a world that needs it more than ever,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. But Guterres added the deal “did not come easy… it has been a long road.”