Erdogan called Russia’s constructive position in the negotiations on grain
Erdogan called Russia's constructive position at the grain talks in Istanbul Putin thanked Erdogan for mediating in resolving the situation with Ukrainian grain. According to him, “not all issues have been resolved yet, but the fact that there is movement is already good”
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Russia took an extremely positive and constructive position in the negotiations on Ukrainian grain in Istanbul, the president said Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“Of course, the result that we will get after these negotiations will undoubtedly be discussed all over the world,” — he said at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Tehran.
The Russian leader, in turn, thanked his colleague for the fact that Turkey acted as an intermediary in resolving the issue of “grain export through the Black Sea” and provided a platform for negotiations.
“With your mediation, we have moved forward. True, not all issues have yet been resolved, but the fact that there is a movement is already good, — said Putin.
Erdogan also expressed gratitude to the Russian President on behalf of the Turkish delegation and expressed the hope that their talks “would be constructive.”
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Since the beginning of the Russian special operation, grain has accumulated in Ukrainian ports that ships cannot take out. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, called Russia responsible for the blocking of grain and its shortage on world markets.
Putin denied such accusations, saying that Moscow does not prevent the export of Ukrainian wheat and corn. Export by sea is impossible because Kyiv has mined its ports, while there are “other export opportunities”; grain, for example through Romania, Poland or Belarus, the President said. He also noted that the problems with food in the world began long before the special operation in Ukraine, and the volume of grain that is in Ukrainian ports will not solve these problems globally.
The mediator in the negotiations on the export of Ukrainian grain was Turkey. Last week, representatives of four delegations— Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and UN— met in Istanbul. Moscow conveyed its proposals on resolving the situation with grain and noted that the meeting participants generally supported them. According to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, the next talks are scheduled for this week.