Lavrov assures Ukrainian grain transports will be secured

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In the wake of missile attacks on the port city of Odessa, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has reaffirmed that the international agreement on the safe export of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea remains in place. The passage via a sea corridor should be monitored by a control centre in Istanbul, Lavrov said during a diplomatic visit to the Egyptian capital Cairo. Russian and Turkish forces would jointly provide security for the ships on the open sea, Lavrov said. “When the ships sail towards Ukrainian ports to take on new food cargoes, there will also be checks to ensure that no one…

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