Turkey’s presidential spokesman said on Sunday there is “a high probability” that a first ship carrying Ukrainian grain could leave the port of Odesa, Ukraine, on Monday morning, under the terms of an agreement found July 22 with Russia.
“There is a strong probability that a first boat could leave tomorrow morning if everything is settled by this evening,” said Ibrahim Kalin, during an interview with the private channel Kanal 7.
Mr Kalin, however, clarified that there are still “one or two subjects to be settled in the negotiations with the Russians”.
“Preparations have reached a point that would allow the departure of ships from the port of Odesa. The ships have been loaded, they are ready to go, but there needs to be good logistical coordination,” he added.
The resumption of exports was also mentioned in a meeting between the Turkish Minister of Defense and the Ukrainian Ministers of Defense and Infrastructure, announced by Ankara on Sunday.
“It is planned to start transport as soon as possible,” the Turkish ministry said in a statement.