We can agree with Putin on grain crisis: President Erdogan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Türkiye is making efforts to resolve the grain crisis and believes that he and could reach an agreement on this issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

We can agree with Putin on grain crisis: President Erdogan

Russian President Vladimir Putin, just like Türkiye, is sensitively resolving the grain crisis. Türkiye believes it can find common ground with Russia on this issue, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday evening at the 14th Ambassadors Conference in the Turkish capital Ankara.

TÜRKİYE CONTINUES TO MEDIATE

"Thanks to our stance in the Ukraine War, we have won the world's appreciation. As Türkiye, we continue to mediate between the two countries by acting fairly since day one. In addition to the Istanbul Process, where we brought the warring parties together around the same table for the first time, we have endeavored to find a solution to the conflict through prisoner swaps and Black Sea Initiatives." Erdogan said.

"Due to our efforts, the Black Sea Initiative, which has been extended twice, has prevented a food crisis that could have cost hundreds of thousands of people. As of July 17, the initiative was suspended and we are continuing our contacts for its reinstatement with an expanded scope," the Turkish president added.

WESTERN COUNTRIES MUST FULFILL THEIR PROMISES

In addition, Erdogan, who had a phone call with Putin last week, gave details about the meeting in his speech to the ambassadors. He underlined that he had the opportunity to learn about Russia's demands and expectations.

"Mr. Putin is as sensitive as we are, especially in terms of access to grain products for our African brothers and sisters. I hope we can find common ground on this issue. The solution to this problem without further deadlock depends on Western countries fulfilling their promises,” he highlighted.

WAR MUST NOT SPREAD TO BLACK SEA

"No diplomatic steps have been taken to turn the positive atmosphere created by the Black Sea initiative into a ceasefire and then into a lasting peace. This has not been done and is still adding fuel to the fire," Erdogan said.

President Erdoğan also stated that the spread of the Russian-Ukrainian war to the Black Sea could lead to a catastrophe.

"The spread of the war to the Black Sea would be a disaster for our entire region. We have not allowed such a tragedy to happen so far by strictly implementing the Montreux Straits Convention and we will continue to work sincerely with both sides to reduce tensions in the future."

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit Türkiye in the coming days to discuss the grain issue.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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