ANKARA, June 8. /TASS/. Russia is prepared for coordination with its Turkish partners to ensure the safety of ships leaving Ukrainian ports, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference following talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday.
"We are ready to ensure the safety of ships leaving Ukrainian ports and heading for the straits. We are prepared to do this in cooperation with the Turkish counterparts," Lavrov said.
At the same time, he stressed, Kiev's stubbornness in resolving the issue of demining Ukrainian ports remained the main problem.
"If they have now changed their mind, then there will be no difficulties on our side. It remains to be seen how the preliminary agreements that we discussed yesterday and today will be translated into practical deeds," he added.