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No specific agreements to hold grain talks were reached so far — Ukrainian MFA

Expert consultations between the parties concerned are ongoing, spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Oleg Nikolenko specified

KIEV, June 22. /TASS/. No specific agreements have been reached so far about holding four-way talks of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN to discuss Ukrainian grain exports, Oleg Nikolenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, said on Wednesday.

"At present, expert consultations between the parties concerned are ongoing. Specific agreements on holding four-way talks of Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the UN have not yet been reached," he said, the Ukrinform news service reported.

Ukraine welcomes the efforts of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to resolve the issue of exporting grain from ports, Nikolenko said. He also said that the issue of security remains paramount for Kiev.

The Turkish Defense Ministry on Wednesday reiterated that Turkey plans to host a four-way meeting on grain exports in the next few weeks.

The issue of exporting Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea was discussed on June 8 at talks in Ankara by Russian and Turkish Foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu. Turkish authorities have previously said that they can provide security guarantees for the supply of Ukrainian grain. Local news media, citing sources in the administration of the Turkish president, the mechanism for implementing the roadmap for the supply of Ukrainian grain is 80-90% ready and, if the agreements are reached, it can be set in motion as soon as possible.