Türkiye Revealed Next Steps to Restore "Grain Deal" Disrupted by Russia

Tuesday, 8 August 2023

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Türkiye, Hakan Fidan, stated that Türkiye will seek to revive the "grain initiative" that Russia had disrupted.

According to Anadolu, the main priority for Ankara, as the Turkish foreign minister mentioned, is to preserve calm in the Black Sea region and block attempts to jeopardise it.

"We will continue our contacts with all parties for the revival of the Black Sea grain initiative, which affects every household in the world," said Fidan, stressing that Türkiye is "the only actor that can do this."

Earlier reports suggested that the expected visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Türkiye might take place in late August.

On 17 July, Russia announced the suspension of the grain deal and threatened "risks" to parties that decide to continue the initiative without the participation of the Russian Federation.

The President of Türkiye believes in the possibility of continuing the Black Sea grain initiative after his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On August 2, Erdoğan and Putin had a phone conversation, discussing the "grain deal" and the Kremlin leader's visit to Türkiye.

Following the meeting in Saudi Arabia regarding the Ukrainian "peace formula," Kyiv reported that Türkiye expressed readiness to "take the lead in implementing the Peace Formula point regarding food security."

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