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Ukraine, Russia grain talks in Turkey stir optimism as UN voices caution

Turkey’s defense chief has announced Russia and Ukraine are set to sign an understanding over a series of “fundamental technical” issues that the warring parties agreed on during today’s talk in Istanbul.
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The first signs of progress have emerged in the grain crisis as Turkey’s defense chief announced that Ukraine and Russia have agreed in principle on some technical issues for the safe export of Ukrainian grain, raising hopes of a breakthrough amid a looming global food crisis.

After a four-way meeting between Russian, Ukrainian and Turkish military delegations as well as UN officials in Istanbul today, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that Kyiv and Moscow “agreed on principal” over a series of “fundamental technical” issues including establishment of a coordination center in Istanbul; joint security checks at entering and exiting points of ships; and ensuring navigational safety on shipping routes.

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