Turkish president might hold face-to-face meeting with Putin on Black Sea grain deal

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Türkiye and Vladimir Putin, President of Russia

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

# 21 August 2023 15:53 (UTC +04:00)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that amid a busy schedule, next month if he gets the chance he might hold face-to-face talks with his Russian counterpart to discuss the Black Sea grain deal, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.

"In September, there is the G-20 meeting in India and the UN General Assembly in the US. If we find the opportunity in this busy environment, we will meet and talk with (Vladimir) Putin face to face," Erdogan told reporters early Sunday on the presidential plane while returning from a visit to Hungary.

Erdogan paid a one-day visit to the capital Budapest for St. Stephen’s Day, Hungary’s national day and also the World Athletics Championships. He separately met with his Hungarian counterpart Katalin Novak and Prime Minister Viktor Orban to discuss bilateral ties, as well as regional and global developments.

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan may visit Russia soon to hold face-to-face talks, Erdogan said, adding that this could yield better results.

On possible Russia-Ukraine peace talks, Erdogan said he hopes to get results if both Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy agree on Turkish mediation.

Last month, Russia suspended its participation in the deal, which it signed last summer along with Türkiye, the UN, and Ukraine to resume grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports which were paused after the Russia-Ukraine war began in February 2022. Moscow has repeatedly complained that the Russian part of the agreement was not being implemented.

Ankara has been carrying out intense efforts and pushing diplomacy for the resumption of the deal.

Türkiye, internationally praised for its unique mediator role between Ukraine and Russia, has repeatedly called on Kyiv and Moscow to end the war, now over 500 days old, through negotiations.