Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Russian participation in a UN-brokered Ukrainian grain export deal was to resume on Wednesday.
Reuters reports that in a speech in parliament, Erdogan said that Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu informed his Turkish counterpart that the deal would resume.
State-owned Russian news agency Tass carried a statement from Russia’s defence ministry which said:
It was possible to obtain the necessary written guarantees from Ukraine on the non-use of the humanitarian corridor and Ukrainian ports, determined in the interests of exporting agricultural products, for conducting military operations against the Russian Federation. The Russian Federation believes that the guarantees received at the moment appear to be sufficient and resumes the implementation of the agreement.
Earlier the Kremlin had only confirmed that Russia was still in contact with Turkey over the deal. Russia has summoned the British ambassador in Moscow to protest what it claims is British involvement in an attack on the Russian Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol at the weekend.