NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that he conveyed this to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last week, expressing appreciation to Turkey for its role in the grain deal that enabled the transfer of Ukrainian grain to the world.
Stoltenberg made a speech via video conference at the meeting on “Climate Security” at the COP27 climate conference in Egypt.
Stoltenberg reminded that energy and food prices increased in the world due to the war that started with Russia’s attack on Ukraine, and stated that food prices decreased thanks to the agreement reached with the initiatives of the United Nations (UN) and Turkey to transfer Ukrainian grain to world markets.
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Stoltenberg stated that he raised the issue during his visit to Turkey last week and said:
“The UN, NATO ally Turkey and the international community have negotiated and finalized an agreement that allows grain to be exported from Ukraine to relieve some of the pressure on the global food market. I visited Istanbul last week, I saw the grain ships passing through the Bosphorus, I spoke to President Erdogan. I expressed my appreciation for Turkey’s efforts on the grain deal. We continue to call on Russia to honor and extend the grain deal.”
“Ukraine must strengthen its hand for negotiations”
Stoltenberg stated that Russia should end the war with Ukraine and said that “Ukraine will not be a sovereign state if it ends the war, and peace can be achieved if Russia ends it”.
Stoltenberg stated that the war can end on the table and emphasized that Ukraine must be strong on the field in order to be strong on the table.
“We need to support Ukraine so that at some stage it can strengthen its hand in negotiations to end the war,” Stoltenberg said.