Turkey’s president discusses reopening Ukrainian ports for grain exports and plays a role in “observation mechanism”.
- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has held talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin over proposals to facilitate the reopening of Ukrainian ports.
- The Kremlin said Putin told Erdogan that Russia was ready to coordinate with Turkey to facilitate unhindered grain exports from Ukrainian ports.
- France announces war crimes investigation kill According to French media reports, journalist Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff.
- EU countries met in Brussels to discuss more sanctions on Moscow, but failed to agree on a ban on Russian oil imports.
Here are all the latest updates:
France opens war crimes probe into killing of journalist: report
France announces investigation into war crimes over killing of journalist Frederic Leclerc-Imhof His colleague Maxime Brandstaetter was injured during the Russian shelling of eastern Ukraine, French media reported.
The French journalist is working for the BFM TV news channel, which says he is 32 years old and is on his second trip to Ukraine since the war began on February 24.
France’s national anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said it was also investigating five other incidents involving French citizens, AFP reported.
Zelensky warns against succumbing to Russian ‘blackmail’ on food supply
In a meeting with French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked France not to succumb to Russia’s “extortion” of food supplies.
In a summary of the talks, the Ukrainian presidency accused Russia of using food security concerns to try to ease international sanctions. Kyiv said Moscow was looting food and agricultural equipment from areas its troops controlled in Ukraine and hindering Ukrainian grain exports.
Zelensky’s office said he and Colonna discussed sanctions, arms supplies and Ukraine’s desire to join the European Union.
The war in Ukraine has caused global food prices to rise, raising fears of a worsening hunger crisis in many parts of the world.
German politicians agree to $107 billion increase in troops
The German government and the conservative opposition have reached a deal that will free up 100 billion euros ($107 billion) to modernize the country’s military in response to Russia.
An agreement to create a special fund for military procurement would also allow Berlin to meet NATO’s goal of spending 2 percent of GDP on defense.
Representatives of the groups told AFP that the deal, which involves changes to budget rules in the country’s constitution, came after weeks of difficult negotiations between parties in the ruling coalition and former Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.
Erdogan holds separate talks with Putin, Zelensky
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan held talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin, offering to facilitate the reopening of Ukrainian ports.
“When discussing the situation in Ukraine, the focus is on ensuring safe navigation in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov and eliminating the threat of mines in its waters,” the Kremlin said of Putin’s phone call with Erdogan.
Ankara said Erdogan had told Putin that peace needed to be established as soon as possible and that if an agreement was reached, Turkey was ready to play a role in an “observation mechanism” between Moscow, Kyiv and the United Nations.
Erdogan later said he “particularly attached importance to the project of establishing safe sea routes for the export of Ukrainian agricultural products”, adding that Turkish leaders welcomed in principle the idea of Istanbul as the headquarters of the “Observation Mechanism”.
EU no deal on Russian oil embargo
Despite last-minute bargaining ahead of the two-day summit, EU countries meeting in Brussels to discuss more sanctions on Moscow have failed to agree on a ban on Russian oil imports.
The European Union has introduced five sanctions against Russia since the Russian army invaded Ukraine, but an oil embargo agreement has proved difficult to reach because many countries rely on Russian crude.
“There is no compromise at all at this moment,” said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose country has been a major opponent of the deal.
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