Blinken discussed with Cavusoglu the unity of NATO and the situation in Ukraine

Blinken discussed with Cavusoglu the unity of NATO and the situation in Ukraine

Blinken discussed NATO unity and the situation in Ukraine with Cavusoglu

Anthony Blinken and Mevlut Cavusoglu greet each other at one of the meetings during the anti-COVID restrictions. Archival photo.   Blinken discussed NATO unity and the situation in Ukraine with Cavusoglu

The US Secretary of State and the Turkish Foreign Minister spoke by phone ahead of the Alliance summit

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had a telephone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Saturday.

“Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Cavusoglu discussed the importance of NATO unity ahead of the Alliance's June 29-30 summit in Madrid,” the State Department said in a statement. “They also discussed continuing support for Ukraine in the face of ongoing Russian aggression.”

Blinken, according to the document, “expressed his gratitude to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the diplomatic efforts aimed at ensuring that Ukrainian agricultural products could enter the world markets.”

Earlier this week, a Turkish minister said Ankara was investigating reports that Ukrainian grain was stolen by Russia and sent to other countries, including Turkey. He also noted that the stolen consignments of grain have not yet been found during the investigation.

According to Cavusoglu, Turkey is also making efforts to organize an international meeting in Istanbul to discuss the issue of Ukrainian grain exports.