Russia is working with its partners on alternatives to the Black Sea Grain Initiative to deliver food to countries in need, said Russian Ambassador to Türkiye Alexey Yerkhov in an interview with the IHA agency, APA reports citing TASS.
"The Black Sea Initiative is by no means a cure-all for meeting the food needs of African and other countries, there are alternatives, and they are being actively explored in contacts with our partners," the ambassador said.
He also noted that "it is Russia that makes a colossal contribution to ensuring global food security," and "after fulfilling the requirements of the Russian Federation, it will be possible to talk about the resumption of the Black Sea initiative."
"As our president [Vladimir Putin] has stated, if our legitimate demands for unimpeded access of Russian agricultural products and fertilizers to the world market are met, it will probably be possible to talk about the resumption of the Black Sea initiative," Yerkhov said.
He added that Russia "is always ready to communicate with Turkish partners, in particular on this issue."