The United States (US) is grateful to Türkiye and the United Nations (UN) for their efforts on the grain deal, US officials said after a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, CNN reported.
American officials have called on the Russian government to resume negotiations to return to the Grain Deal.
"We call on Ukraine to immediately extend, expand, and fully implement the initiative for the benefit of millions of people who depend on Ukrainian grain," the officials said.
"We are grateful to the United Nations and Türkiye for their work in brokering the life-saving Black Sea grain initiative and bringing both Ukrainian and Russian grain to the world market," the US authorities said in a statement.
The US also announced that they support efforts to revitalize the Black Sea initiative.
Following Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Corridor Agreement on July 17, President Erdogan met with Putin in Sochi yesterday. While the two leaders made important statements in front of the cameras after the summit, Putin said that theQatar-financed project to send Russian grain to Africa via Türkiye could start in two to three weeks.