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New attempts to restore the Black Sea Initiative

Нови опити за възстановяване на Черноморската инициатива
A number of meetings have been held in recent days, each focusing on the resumption of the Black Sea Corridor.

EU foreign affairs and security chief Josep Borrell asked China to use its influence on Russia over the resumption of the grain deal, according to a statement made at a joint press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing.

This request comes after the G-20 meeting, where the representatives came to the conclusion that the Black Sea Initiative has no suitable alternative.

"We appreciate the efforts of Turkey and the UN-brokered Istanbul Agreements, consisting of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Russian Federation and the UN Secretariat on the Promotion of Russian Food Products and Fertilizers on World Markets and the Initiative for the Safe Transportation of Grain and Food from Ukrainian Ports ( Black Sea Initiative) and call for their full, timely and effective implementation to ensure immediate and unhindered supplies of grain, food and fertilizers from the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

This is necessary to meet the demand in developing and least developed countries, especially those in Africa," said the declaration adopted at the ninth G20 summit.

In the same document, the meeting participants also called for "an immediate end to military destruction and attacks on grain infrastructure."

Yesterday, Turkey officially announced that it was in talks with UN representatives and Western officials to resume the Black Sea Grain Initiative in its previous format.

"Talks are being held with the UN and Western countries in light of recent meetings involving UN officials in Moscow and Istanbul," a Turkish diplomat said, adding that no progress had been made on the issue so far.

He referred to discussions last week between Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Burak Akçapar and Rebecca Greenspan, Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Earlier, UN representatives visited Moscow to discuss the situation surrounding the grain initiative and efforts to supply Russian grain and fertilizers to world markets with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin.

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