Fahrettin Altun, head of the Turkish presidential administration's communications department, announced that a consensus had been reached on the establishment of an operations center in Istanbul on the grain issue.
“We took on the role of an intermediary, and as a result of contacts, a consensus was reached on the establishment of an operations center in Istanbul. We hope that ships loaded with grain will be withdrawn as soon as possible. We attach great importance to the safe execution of this process and the prevention of any accidents,” Altun told the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero.
Earlier, Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that there is some progress in the issue of exporting grain from the Black Sea ports, but there are technical issues that require discussions with Russia, Ukraine and the UN.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday that if Moscow and Kyiv agree on the grain problem, a security zone will be created outside the waters of Ukraine.