Erdogan thanks Putin for constructive position on grain deal

Turkish President Tayyip Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for his constructive stance on the grain deal in a telephone conversation. On Friday, November 18, Anadolu agency reports.

“President Erdogan thanked Russian President Putin for his constructive stance on extending the Istanbul Grain Export Agreement for 120 days,” the statement said.

It is noted that during the talks, regional issues, relations between Turkey and Russia and the development of the situation around the “grain corridor” were also discussed.

A day earlier, Erdogan confirmed the extension of the grain deal for 120 days. The Joint Coordinating Center (JCC) in Istanbul took note of the extension of the grain deal on the same terms starting from November 19.

At the same time, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that he welcomes the agreement of all parties to extend the grain deal.

Moscow, in turn, received UN assurances that work on the export of Russian grain and fertilizers would be finalized. According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, this is necessary “to completely unblock all direct and indirect problems that stand in the way.” At the same time, the option of an indefinite extension of the grain deal was not considered.

The food deal was concluded on July 22 in Istanbul. Then Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and UN Secretary General António Guterres signed a memorandum on facilitating the supply of Russian agricultural products and fertilizers to world markets. At the same time, the Ukrainian delegation signed an agreement with Turkey and the UN on the export of grain.

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