Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will speak with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky, on the Ukrainian grain export agreement in the coming days, the Turkish foreign minister announced Tuesday.
“Our president will speak with Putin and Zelensky in the next few days,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters, adding: “We believe we will overcome this”, stressing that the wheat deal “benefits everyone”.
Interestingly, the agreement was concluded between Ukraine and Russia in July under the auspices of Turkey and the United Nations and expires on November 19, to alleviate the global food crisis caused by the conflict, especially in Africa.
The agreement so far has allowed the export of more than 9.5 million tons of Ukrainian wheat blocked in ports by the Russian invasion in late February.
These developments came after Russia announced on Saturday its “suspension” of its participation in the agreement, after accusing Kiev of marching its stationed fleet. in Crimea.
Moscow warned of the “danger” of continuing to implement the agreement without its participation.
The Turkish president, who has good relations with both Russia and Ukraine, said on Monday his country’s determination to continue its efforts and defend the agreement on Ukrainian grain exports “despite Russian hesitation”.
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