9 Jun 2022 14:42

No agreements with Turkey, Mideast countries on Ukraine grain sales - Kremlin

MOSCOW. June 9 (Interfax) - No agreements have been reached on selling Ukrainian grain to Turkey or Middle East countries just yet, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Journalists asked Peskov on Thursday to comment on the reported departure of the first grain train from Melitopol to Crimea and the possible selling of this grain to Turkey or Middle East countries. They also asked whether a respective agreement had been reached with those countries.

"No, there are no specific agreements just yet. The work is ongoing," Peskov said.

He said he was unable to confirm the grain train departure due to the lack of such knowledge.

Head of the Zaporizhzhya military-civilian administration Yevgeny Balitsky said on June 7 that the first 11 cars carrying grain were sent from the Zaporizhzhya region to Crimea. He said later that primary contracts are signed with Turkey and the first trains had departed for the Middle East.

The Crimea head's advisor Oleg Kryuchkov told Interfax on Wednesday that the first grain train in eight years has arrived in Sevastopol. The train departed from the Russian-controlled territory of the Zaporizhzhya region on Tuesday, he added.