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To: 07/22/2022 20:17

The path for grain exports via the Black Sea is free again: Ukraine and Russia signed the corresponding agreements in Istanbul – without meeting. Because the trenches are still deep.

By Uwe Lueb, ARD Studio Istanbul

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres came up with big words at the start of the signing ceremony of the agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea: “Today is a beacon on the sea Noire, a beacon of hope, opportunity and relief – in a world that needs more than ever.”

The implementation of the agreement is to be organized by a joint office of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN in Istanbul. They should also name the corridors crossing the Black Sea. They are also responsible for controlling ships so that no other weapons reach Ukraine by sea, for example.

Russia and Ukraine have committed to a ceasefire for the passage of ships. This is probably the part of the deal that is the hardest to secure. António Guterres therefore declares: “I urge all parties to respect their commitments. We must spare no effort for peace. It is an unprecedented agreement between two parties in a bloody conflict, but the conflict continues.

António Guterres hails Turkey’s commitment

The later ceremony shows the depth of the trenches. One after another, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov sign the agreement. They don’t meet.

António Guterres and Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar are also present. António Guterres praised Turkey for helping the deal come together from the start.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan highlighted Turkey’s role as host of several meetings that ultimately led to today’s agreement. It could now help save billions of people from hunger around the world. And this could be the cornerstone of more: “I wish with all my heart that this joint step that we are taking today with Ukraine and Russia here in Istanbul will be a turning point towards the hope of peace.

The agreement is initially valid for 120 days. The first ship passages are only expected in a few weeks as the deal needs to be filled with life, he said.

Cereals agreement signed

Uwe Lueb, ARD Istanbul, July 22, 2022 at 7:29 p.m.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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