UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on Wednsday, his intention to hold meetings with leaders from Turkey, Ukraine, and Russia during the upcoming annual UN meeting next week. These discussions aim to revive the Black Sea Grain deal.
”I am determined to do everything possible to re-establish the Black Sea Grain Initiative,” Guterres told reporters.
Guterres did not say exactly when he would meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy or Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Russia suspended the grain deal in July because it said parts related to its demands have “not been implemented so far,” referring to the removal of obstacles to fertilizer exports and the inclusion of state-owned Russian Agricultural Bank in the SWIFT international payment system.
The agreement was signed in Istanbul in July 2022 by Russia, Ukraine, Türkiye and the UN, creating a safe corridor through the Black Sea for exports from three Ukrainian ports since the war began in February of that year.
It helped rein in spiraling prices and ease a global food crisis by restoring the flow of wheat, sunflower oil, fertilizer and other products from Ukraine — one of the world’s largest grain exporters.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will attend the global gathering of world leaders for the first time in person.