Erdogan Hopes to Resume the "Grain Deal" with Russia


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed his hope to resume the "grain deal" and anticipates discussing the matter with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Responding to a question about the possibility of reactivating the grain corridor at present, Erdogan stated, "I hope so. We will discuss this matter with Mr. Putin."

He told reporters in New York, "I do not see world leaders' negative stances towards Putin as correct."

President Erdogan emphasized that "Turkey continues to maintain positive relations with Russia."

Earlier, a source in the Turkish presidency stated, "President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may discuss with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, upon his return from New York, the details of his negotiations regarding the grain agreement."

According to the source, the Turkish President is persisting in his efforts to resume the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

On July 18th of last year, the deadline for the Black Sea Grain Initiative expired as Russia did not renew its participation in the deal, which was mediated by Turkey and the United Nations. The deal stipulated the establishment of a humanitarian corridor to allow for the export of Ukrainian grains during the past year.

Moscow emphasized that the decision to suspend its participation in the deal was due to the fact that the part concerning facilitating the exports of Russian grains and fertilizers from the agreement was not fulfilled, especially regarding reconnecting Russian banks to the SWIFT system and opening the ammonia pipeline Tolyatti-Odessa.

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