Turkey’s Erdogan steps up to restore the Black Sea Grain Deal which Russian President Putin overturned. After meeting Putin, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan voiced hope regarding the Black Sea grain deal. This agreement, which had previously been approved by the UN, intended to ease a food crisis by enabling the export of Ukrainian grain. Russia backed out of the accord in July, citing concerns over its own food and fertilizer exports.
Erdogan has previously played an important role in convincing Putin to stick with the deal. Reuters reports that Erdogan on behalf of Turkey said, that soon they will reach a solution that will meet the expectations in a short time. He stated this after a face-to-face meeting with President Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Furthermore, he added that Turkey and the United Nations had worked on a new package in order to ease the concerns of Russia. On the other hand, Putin told reporters that there is a physical shortage of food in this bilateral meeting.
Erdogan added that they are now developing a fresh solution to answer Russian concerns. Russia will return to the pact if its conditions are met including agricultural export limits. Meanwhile, independent of the grain agreement, Putin revealed intentions to offer free food to six African countries.
Efforts to resurrect the Black Sea grain deal are still ongoing, with both presidents indicating a willingness to negotiate. Turkey’s Erdogan steps up to restore the Black Sea Grain Deal and there are chances that Erdogan will achieve success to convince Putin.
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