Erdogan to urge Putin on Black Sea grain corridor

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Türkiye and Vladimir Putin, President of Russian Federation

© APA | Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Türkiye and Vladimir Putin, President of Russian Federation

# 19 December 2023 15:37 (UTC +04:00)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he will speak with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin soon to urge Moscow to revive the Black Sea grain initiative, APA reports citing Reuters.

"Soon, we will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and tell him 'we must operate the (Black Sea) Grain Corridor no matter what'. God willing, by receiving a positive response from him, we can continue on our path," Erdogan told reporters on his flight returning from Budapest.

Russia in July withdrew from the deal - brokered by Türkiye and the United Nations - that allowed Ukraine to safely export grain from its Black Sea ports, saying the arrangement was not delivering grain to the poorest nations and that it still faces barriers to its own exports of grain and fertiliser.

Moscow said on Sunday it had no interest in extending the deal.

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