US supports Türkiye's repressive stance on the Black Sea Grain Agreement

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Türkiye continues to work on the Black Sea Grain Initiative. Russian President Putin, who held a telephone conversation with Turkish President Erdogan, is expected to visit Türkiye in August. The US, on the other hand, supports Ankara's repressive stance.

US supports Türkiye's repressive stance on the Black Sea Grain Agreement

State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said the United States supports Türkiye's pressure on Russia to rejoin the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

"I'm not going to speak to the visit, in particular, other than to say one thing that we have welcomed is the role that Türkiye has played in pressing Russia to rejoin the Black Sea Grain Initiative," Miller said when asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Türkiye in August.

Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that no clear date had been set for Putin's possible visit, but that talks were ongoing and that they expected it to take place in August.

"They (Türkiye) were very constructive obviously, in helping reach that deal for that initiative in the first place and helpful in convincing Russia to continue with the initiative," said Miller. "They continue to play a productive role. We think it's useful that they play that role."

Erdogan's latest remarks came after he said in a phone call with Putin that they would continue to work hard to keep the Black Sea Grain deal alive and that he would continue diplomacy.

WHAT HAPPENED?

On July 22, 2022, the Black Sea Grain Agreement signed between Türkiye, the United Nations (UN) and Ukraine was suspended last July due to Russia's failure to fulfill its commitments. 

Mediation efforts have not yet reached a conclusion. Türkiye's efforts on both the Black Sea Grain Initiative and the ceasefire continue.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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