Foreign ministers of Ukraine and Turkey Dmytro Kuleba and Mevlut Cavusoglu held a telephone conversation on Wednesday regarding the Black Sea Grain Initiative [an agreement brokered by the UN with Russia and Turkey launched on 22 July to enable ships to transport grain from Ukraine – ed.].
Source: European Pravda
“Building on the dialogue between the leaders of Ukraine and Turkey we coordinated further steps to ensure the functioning of the grain corridor and the release of Ukrainian prisoners,” Kuleba wrote on Twitter.
I had a call with my Turkish counterpart @MevlutCavusoglu. Building on the dialogue between the leaders of Ukraine @ZelenskyyUa and Türkiye @RTErdogan we coordinated further steps to ensure the functioning of the grain corridor and the release of Ukrainian prisoners.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) November 2, 2022
By way of background, after the strike on the ships of the Black Sea Fleet in occupied Sevastopol, Russia announced the suspension of its participation in the grain initiative. The UN then said that the agreement still remains in force and the organisation’s inspectors will continue inspecting ships.
As the EP wrote in its article, the grain agreement could work even without the participation of the Russian side if it was the will of Turkish President Erdogan, and this scenario has already begun being realised. Putin started hinting that the Russian Federation is ready to return to the agreement the very next day.