Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiyy and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are trying to get Russia back to the grain deal, Ukraine's foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba told reporters on Thursday.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba made a statement to the Ukrainian press. Referring to the grain agreement in his statements, Kuleba emphasized the importance of President Erdogan in the grain agreement.
"Ukraine is in coordination with Erdogan to return Putin to the grain. With this, President Erdogan is also in coordination with Zelenskyy on this issue. It is a common interest,” Kuleba stressed.
In addition to this, Kuleba stated that the only person who can return Russian President Vladimir Putin to the grain deail is President Erdogan.
Russia announced that it withdrew from the grain deal, which started in July last year, on the grounds that the barriers to the sale of its own food products were not removed.
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitriy Peskov made a statement on July 17 regarding the expired deal.
"The grain deal has actually come to an end, it has been stopped. Russia will immediately return to the grain deal as soon as the relevant conditions are implemented. The part of the agreement regarding Russia has not been fulfilled,” Peskov said.
With the initiative of the United Nations (UN) and Türkiye, the grain deal was signed between Russia and Ukraine on July 22, 2022. The agreement, which was first signed for 120 days, was later extended 3 times. Russia decided not to extend the agreement, which expired on July 17, 2023, on the grounds that the obstacles to the sale of its own food products were not removed.