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Turkey Backs Russia on Sanctions as Ukraine-Grain Deal Elusive

  • Cavusoglu says Moscow’s call for eased restrictions justified
  • Ukraine’s Zelenskiy discusses shipments with German leader
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Ukraine Plays Down Hope of Grain Shipment Corridor
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Turkey backed Russia’s call for relief from sanctions limiting its exports of fertilizer and farm products but the two nations showed no sign of progress on a deal to unblock shipments of Ukrainian grain that have contributed to global food-supply fears.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who said his country wasn’t invited to the meeting Wednesday in Ankara, agreed in a phone conversation with Olaf Scholz that everything must be done to facilitate the export of grain, especially via sea, the German Chancellor’s spokesman said in an email on Wednesday.