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externalLavrov: Putin, Erdogan tentatively agree on unblocking Ukrainian ports

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June 1, 2022 8:40 pmby Toma Istomina

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the two leaders agreed during a phone call on May 30 that as soon as Turkey clears the Ukrainian ports of mines, cargo ships will be able to leave. Russia’s blockade of Ukraine’s ports prevents the export of about 22 million tons of grain, creating a threat of famine in countries dependent on the grain, according to Ukrainian officials.

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Toma Istomina
Author: Toma Istomina

Toma Istomina is the deputy chief editor of the Kyiv Independent. She joined the Kyiv Post in 2017, working first as a staff writer, later taking the role of Lifestyle Editor and Features Editor. During Olga Rudenko’s Chicago Booth fellowship, she was the acting Deputy Chief Editor of the Kyiv Post. Toma holds a master’s in international broadcasting from Taras Shevchenko University.

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