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MOSCOW, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan mentioned he thought it will quickly be doable to revive the Black Sea grain deal that helped get Ukrainian grain to market, after talks on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russia stop the deal in July – a 12 months after it was brokered by the United Nations and Turkey – complaining that its personal meals and fertiliser exports confronted obstacles.
Erdogan, who beforehand performed a major function in convincing Putin to stay with the deal, and the United Nations are attempting to get Putin to return to the deal.
“As Turkey, we imagine that we are going to attain an answer that can meet the expectations in a short while,” Erdogan mentioned within the Black Sea resort of Sochi after his first head to head assembly with Putin since 2022.
Putin mentioned the West was nonetheless proscribing Russian agricultural exports.
“We can be prepared to think about the potential of reviving the grain deal and I informed Mr President about this once more at the moment – we are going to do that as quickly as all of the agreements on lifting restrictions on the export of Russian agricultural merchandise are totally carried out,” Putin mentioned beside Erdogan.
The deal was geared toward getting grain from Ukraine to world markets by the Black Sea and easing a worldwide meals disaster that the United Nations mentioned had been worsened by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February final 12 months.
Russia and Ukraine are two of the world’s key agricultural producers, and main gamers within the wheat, barley, maize, rapeseed, rapeseed oil, sunflower seed and sunflower oil markets.
Whereas Russian exports of meals and fertilizer will not be topic to Western sanctions imposed after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Moscow has mentioned restrictions on funds, logistics and insurance coverage have hindered shipments.
“The West continues to dam the provision of grain and fertilisers from the Russian Federation to world markets,” Putin mentioned, including that the West had “cheated” Russia over the deal.
Writing by Man Faulconbridge; further reporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne, Orhan Coskun and Ece Toksabay in Ankara and Michelle Nichols on the United Nations; enhancing by Robert Birsel and Philippa Fletcher
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