Erdogan says Russia wants to extend Black Sea food deal despite Kremlin statements to the contrary

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on the 17th that Russia hopes to extend the Black Sea grain export agreement, despite the Kremlin’s statement to the contrary. Earlier, the Kremlin announced that Russia had suspended the Black Sea grain export agreement.

According to the report, Erdogan said, “I think that despite (Russia’s) statement today, my friend Putin wants to extend the agreement.” The agreement allows Ukraine to export grain to the Black Sea.

Earlier, the Russian Satellite News Agency stated that the Kremlin stated that Russia had suspended the Black Sea grain export agreement. “The food agreement has been suspended. Once the content concerning Russia is implemented, the Russian side will immediately return to the work of implementing the agreement.” Peskov said.

The Russian side has repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of the Russian-related part of the agreement. In July 2022, Russia and Ukraine signed relevant agreements with Turkey and the United Nations on the export of agricultural products from Black Sea ports in Istanbul, Turkey. The agreement was initially valid for 120 days, and then experienced three extensions. The latest was on May 18 this year. Russia agreed to extend the agreement for 60 days. Just before the agreement was about to expire, Putin said in a phone call with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on the 15th that the obligations stipulated in the relevant memorandum between Russia and the United Nations to remove obstacles to Russia’s food and fertilizer exports have not been fulfilled. On June 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia was considering withdrawing from the agreement and accused Western countries of “deceiving Russia”. Under the terms of the previous extension of the agreement, the agreement will expire on July 17.

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