BERLIN (AA) – German Foreign Minister Analena Baerbock yesterday praised Turkey’s diplomatic efforts to renew the Black Sea Grain Agreement, calling them important, reports Anadolu.
“The fact is that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is playing with the Grain Agreement. Turkiye’s efforts to get the Agreement back on track are significant,” Baerbock said at a press conference organized with her Romanian counterpart Luminica Odobescu in Berlin.
Baerbock pointed out that Russia is exacerbating the global hunger crisis and added:
“Russia Aims Guns of Its Black Sea Warships at Grain Ships and Bombards Grain Shipping Centers.”
Yesterday, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stayed in the Russian coastal city of Sochi, where he met with Putin.
Russia on July 17 suspended its participation in a deal brokered by Turkey and the UN that restored grain shipments from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports that were halted after the war in Ukraine that began in February 2022.
Odobescu echoed Baerbock’s statements, condemning Russian attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure.
“We practically see that Russia continues attacks on civilian infrastructure, not allowing Ukraine to export grain,” the Romanian diplomat pointed out.
She denied press reports that Russian drones fell on Romanian territory on Sunday evening.
“The Minister of Defense and all relevant institutions have been monitoring the situation on the ground caused by the attacks of Russian drones on the infrastructure of Ukrainian ports. “The drone attacks of the Russian Federation do not represent any direct military threat to our national territory or the territorial waters of Romania,” Odobescu said.
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