Turkey, Russia to discuss Ukraine exports corridor in talks on June 8

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A satellite image shows an overview of a bulk carrier ship loading grain at the port of Sevastopol, Crimea May 22, 2022. Satellite image 2022 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

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ANKARA, May 31 (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will come to Turkey with a military delegation on June 8 to discuss creating a potential sea corridor for Ukrainian agricultural exports, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

In a phone call with Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia was ready to facilitate the unhindered export of grain from Ukrainian ports in coordination with Turkey. read more

Speaking to the state-owned Anadolu news agency, Cavusoglu said work was still underway with the United Nations to reach an agreement on creating the corridor from the Black Sea, but that issues between Moscow and Kyiv remained. He said the U.N. had proposed forming a joint observation mechanism to monitor the shipping route, and that Turkey was open to the idea.

He said Russia wanted some Western sanctions targeting its insurance sector lifted, as it would impact the ships that will participate in the potential shipping network, while Ukraine did not want Russian warships to approach its docks in Odesa.

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Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Jonathan Spicer

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