Turkish President Erdogan is set to discuss a novel approach for Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea with Russian President Putin during his visit to Turkey. The talks aim to find alternative methods for transporting grain to global markets, emphasizing the humanitarian aspect of ensuring wheat access in southern regions and Africa.
Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan
In a diplomatic effort to address the ongoing grain export challenges, Turkish President Erdogan is expected to engage with Russian President Putin during their upcoming meeting. The discussions will focus establishing a new mechanism for Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan in statements to A Haber television.
Fidan highlighted the significance of the issue, stating, "The previous grain deal worked within a certain mechanism, now there is a possibility of going with a different mechanism, and now there are efforts to concretize this possibility." He emphasized the humanitarian concern, pointing out the impact on populations in southern regions and Africa, where wheat deprivation could lead to higher food prices and scarcity.
Efforts are underway to persuade Russia to rejoin the Black Sea Grain Initiative, providing safe passage for Ukrainian grain exports—a deal that Moscow withdrew from in July 2023. Fidan's insights underscore the urgency of finding a resolution, with potential implications for global grain markets and industries reliant on animal feed.