Putin, Erdogan to meet with Black Sea grain deal revival at top of agenda

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday departed for Russia’s coastal city of Sochi to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

During his day-long working visit, Erdogan will discuss current regional and global issues, as well as the Turkey-Russia relations with Putin.

Reviving last year’s historic Black Sea grain deal that helped ease global food crisis will also be on the agenda between the leaders, who will hold joint news conference later.

After Russia suspended its participation in Ukraine grain export deal, brokered by Turkey and the UN, Ankara continues its efforts for the resumption of the deal.

Moscow has complained that the West has not met its obligations regarding Russia’s own grain exports, and that not enough Ukrainian grain was going to countries in need. It says restrictions on payments, logistics, and insurance have been a barrier to its shipments.

Confirming the importance of fulfilling Russia’s demands for the export of its own grain and fertilizer, Turkey says there is no alternative to the initiative.

Ankara has been carrying out intense diplomatic efforts for the restoration of the July 2022 deal and has also called on Kyiv and Moscow to end the war through negotiations.

In July, Erdogan also met his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Istanbul to discuss the matters.

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