President Volodymyr Zelensky Meets UN Secretary General and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Lviv

President Volodymyr Zelensky Meets UN Secretary General and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Lviv
Zelenskyy, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (left) and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (right) in the city of Lviv, western Ukraine

Lviv - United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Thursday (18/8/2022).

The agenda of the meeting is expected to cover the global food crisis, threats to nuclear power plants, and finding a political solution to the war launched by Russia. Efforts to defuse the food crisis are ongoing, with ships carrying Ukrainian export commodities now able to depart under a Russia and Ukraine agreement brokered by the United Nations and Turkey in late July.

Quoted from VOA, Guterres is scheduled on Friday to travel to visit the port in Odesa, then Saturday to Istanbul to see the Joint Coordination Center which monitors the export system, including inbound and outbound ship inspections requested by Russia.

The Joint Coordination Center said it expected inspection teams to carry out inspections on Thursday on the four vessels departing from Ukraine this week. These included the Osprey S, who brought corn to Turkey, Ramus and his cargo of grain to Turkey, the Brave Commander who brought wheat to Djibouti, and Bonita who brought corn to South Korea.

The other four ships will be inspected en route to Ukraine. Russia has been trying to ensure that incoming ships do not carry weapons for Ukrainian forces. Three more ships departed from Ukraine's Black Sea port on Wednesday.

The coordination center said the vessels named Sara, which was carrying 8,000 metric tons of corn, and Efe, which was carrying 7,250 metric tons of sunflower oil, left the port of Odesa for Turkey.

"The Petrel S, loaded with 18,500 metric tons of sunflower flour, left the port of Chornomorsk and headed for Amsterdam," the Joint Coordination Center said. Since exports began on August 1, 24 ships have left Ukraine.

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