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Turkey says no evidence Ukrainian grains stolen by Russia reached its shores

Turkey is being lobbied by the UK to discuss the safe shipping of Ukrainian grain due to looming global shortages but denies any has reached its ports.
An employee packs bread at a bakery on March 23, 2022, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was investigating Ukraine’s claims that its grain has been stolen by Russia and sold to third countries via Turkish ports. “Turkey would never allow stolen Ukrainian grain to come to us."

He was referring to allegations made by Ukraine’s ambassador to Ankara, who said Turkish buyers were among those receiving grain looted by Russia in Ukraine. Vasyl Bodnar said earlier this month that his government had sought Ankara’s help to identify and capture individuals engaged in the illicit trade.

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