Ukraine, Russia to sign grain deal, Turkey says

STORY: An international food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine could be eased on Friday (July 22).

Russia and Ukraine are due to sign a deal to reopen Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for grain exports.

That’s according to Turkey, which acted as a mediator between the two countries.

Neither capital confirmed the announcement on Thursday (July 21).

Though Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy hinted in a late night address that he expected news about the ports soon.

Ukraine and Russia are among the world’s biggest exporters of food.

A blockade of Ukraine’s ports by Russia's Black Sea fleet has hurt global supply chains.

Moscow - which invaded Ukraine in February in what it called a 'special military operation' - has denied responsibility for the food crisis.

It instead blamed Western sanctions imposed for slowing its own food and fertiliser exports.

The United Nations and Turkey have worked for two months to broker what the UN called a ‘package deal’.

The aim is to restore Ukraine's grain exports while also facilitating Russian shipments.

Full details of the deal were not released immediately.

It is due to be signed Friday afternoon in Turkey.

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