Istanbul Grain Deal
On July 22, Russia, Turkiye, Ukraine, and the UN signed a deal in Istanbul to resume grain exports through Ukrainian ports and clear the way for Russian food and fertilizers to access global markets, in a bid to stabilize surging food prices worldwide amid sanctions on Russia.

China Calls for ‘Green Corridor’ to Enable Grain Exports From Ukraine, Russia

© Sputnik / Sergey Averin / Go to the mediabankGrain harvesting in Donetsk People's Republic
Grain harvesting in Donetsk People's Republic - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.05.2022
BEIJING (Sputnik) - The international community should facilitate the launch of a "green corridor" to allow exports of Ukrainian and Russian crops amid deteriorating food crisis across the world, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock.
"In the current circumstances, the international community should insist on an immediate ceasefire and provide Russia and Ukraine with a green corridor for grain exports. China is willing to maintain cooperation with all parties," Wang was quoted as saying by the Chinese foreign ministry.
Wang reiterated that China would "never stand aside" on the key matters of concern to the international community, pointing also to Beijing’s sustained emergency food aid to the countries which suffer from food insecurity the most.
In turn, Baerbock underscored the importance of international cooperation in the wake of "many global challenges" currently unfolding. At the same time, she stressed that such cooperation must rely on international norms defended by all and reiterated Germany’s appeal to all nations "condemn Russia’s illegal war of aggression and to assume their responsibility to uphold international law and to protect the UN Charter."
Wang and Baerbock videoconferenced on Tuesday.
World leaders and international organizations have been raising concerns over an imminent and large-scale food crisis since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, citing disrupted supply chains and derailed crops production in one of the largest gain producer in the world. The World Food Programme has repeatedly warned that ongoing hostilities in Ukraine will exacerbate hunger, with such regions as Africa and the Middle East to suffer the most, as they are heavily dependent on cheap grain exports, with the total of 811 million people worldwide exposed to the risk of malnutrition.
The dismay exacerbated in May as food shortages and rising food prices have been publicly decried in many regions, forcing world leaders to come up with suggestions on how to release the grain stuck in Ukrainian ports.
Among the proposals are escorting grain vessels by non-NATO allied warships, put forward by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, setting up a new regional infrastructure within the framework of the Three Seas Initiative, proposed by Estonian President Alar Karis, and negotiating a deal to bring potash fertilizers from Russia and Ukrainian grain back to the market.
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