Ankara and London call for urgent action to solve Black Sea grain crisis Jun 24, 2022 0 0 12345 dpa Istanbul Britain and Turkey’s top diplomats on Thursday warned of “devastating consequences” if a quick solution to a lingering grain crisis in the Black Sea due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine isn’t found.“This grain crisis is urgent and it needs to be solved within the next month. Otherwise, we can see devastating consequences,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told reporters in Ankara alongside her Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavusoglu. Russia is “weaponizing hunger” and using food security as a “callous tool of war,” Truss charged, adding that Britain and Turkey were working “closely together” to get the “grain out of Ukraine.” Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, has disrupted grain deliveries to markets, leading to a global rise in food prices. The international community has for weeks been appealing for Moscow to allow the export of Ukrainian grain. The two countries are among the world’s biggest wheat exporters and play a key role in ensuring global food security. The issue needs to be resolved “as soon as possible,” Çavusoglu said, adding Ankara backs a United Nations plan which he said stipulates creating a control centre in Istanbul to monitor passage of vessels in and out of a “safe zone” outside Ukrainian waters.Çavusoglu was still cautious about a quick solution, saying that some security-related hurdles remain in the way. RELATED ARTICLES Suu Kyi transferred to solitary prison confinement Jun 24, 2022 0 0 Incumbent premier renamed to form govt in crisis-hit Lebanon Jun 24, 2022 0 0 Afghans bury dead, dig for survivors of powerful quake Jun 24, 2022 0 0 Turkey and Israel say security forces foiled threat to Israelis Istanbul: Turkish and Israeli security units had prevented attacks against Israeli nationals in Turkey, the two countries’ foreign ministers said on Thursday. Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid thanked Turkey for .. UK lawmakers to vote on N Ireland Protocol bill next week dpa London Plans by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to unilaterally scrap parts of Northern Ireland’s Brexit deal will be debated and voted upon by parliament in London next week. House of Commons Leader Mark .. EU leaders set to grant Ukraine candidate status Agencies European Union leaders on Thursday were set to make Ukraine a candidate for membership in the 27-nation bloc, the first step in a potentially yearslong process that could pull the embattled country further away .. Germany says it has taken in 21,000 at-risk Afghans Berlin: More than 21,000 Afghans have been able to get out of their home country and relocate to Germany since the Taliban seized power in August last year, the German foreign minister said on Thursday. Berlin has promised .. China and Russia criticise Western countries at BRICS meeting Beijing: China and Russia on Thursday criticized Western countries and sanctions as the leaders of the BRICS group started their summit. The group, which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, should .. WHO emergency committee on monkeypox’s global spread to meet Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) was convening a meeting of experts on Thursday to assess whether the spread of monkeypox should be considered a “public health emergency of international concern.” The ..