A meeting between the military delegations of Ukraine and Russia is taking place in Istanbul with the mediation of Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar. UN representatives are present at the meeting, who will persuade Ukraine to agree to the unblocking of large Ukrainian ports and the export of grain. Russia can take advantage of the demining of the Ukrainian coast in order to further capture the south of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian delegation is headed by the head of the Office of President Andriy Yermak. Officials, including Minister of Defense Oleksiy Reznikov and Minister of Regional Affairs Dmytro Kuleba, do not comment on the details of the negotiations.
The Ukrainian military, maritime law experts, and even business interests caution the authorities against agreeing to any unblocking without a multinational military convoy, which will have the authority to fire on any Russian attempts to approach the ships or the country's internationally recognized borders.
Andriy Klymenko, head of Black sea news:
Since 2014, he has been researching international sanctions, analyzing the actions of the countries of the Black Sea basin and global players
Military operations in the Black Sea must be stopped (it is impossible to stop at sea and continue on land...)
Tetyana Alaverdova, commercial director of HarvEast, which is one of the largest wheat producers in Eastern Ukraine:
"We completely concur with the position taken by our nation on the supply of grain through significant Ukrainian ports. The backing of a single guarantor nation, which may be Turkey, might not be sufficient to open up the maritime channels for the export of agricultural goods
from Ukraine. My personal opinion as a citizen of Ukraine is that the security of the transit of merchant ships away from the Ukrainian shore can only be ensured by a stronger military convoy involving multiple nations, such as with the participation of the forces of the United Kingdom of Great Britain".