The Ministry of National Defense (MSB) has issued a statement informing the public about the outcome of the 4 grain meeting held in Istanbul. According to the statement, the parties involved in the talks have agreed to continue the four-way discussions hosted by Turkey.
During the meeting, which took place on May 10-11, 2023, representatives from Ukraine, the Russian Federation, and the United Nations participated in bilateral and multilateral meetings held in Istanbul at the invitation of Turkey. The talks were said to have been productive, with the parties expressing positive attitudes towards the coordination of the return of ships and their crews to Turkey.
The parties also discussed the planning and execution of an evacuation activity for ships stranded in Ukrainian ports. It was agreed that this operation would serve as a model for the evacuation of ships from other countries and support work in this direction in the future.
Moreover, the statement conveyed that there has been positive progress regarding the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which aims to stabilize food prices worldwide and is of vital importance in terms of world food supply and security. The parties have agreed to continue their efforts at the technical level, in a four-way format hosted by Turkey, to ensure effective operations of the Grain Initiative in the future.
The MSB statement is significant, providing an insight into the ongoing efforts of Turkey to play a constructive role in establishing peace and stability in the region. Such endeavors are crucial to promote prosperity and security in a world currently dealing with unprecedented challenges.