Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday thanked his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for his role in the signing of the agreement for the export of Ukrainian cereals and Russian food and fertilizers.

“With his direct participation and the mediation of the UN secretariat, the problem related to the supply of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports has been resolved,” Putin said at the beginning of the two presidents’ meeting in Russia’s Sochi region.

“The supplies have already started. I want to thank you for that and because, at the same time, a joint solution was adopted on the supply of Russian food and fertilizers to the world market,” he added.

The Turkish president is visiting Russia to talk to Putin about the war in Ukraine and Turkey’s position on Syria.

Erdogan wants to assure Vladimir Putin that he intends to continue acting as a mediator for a lasting ceasefire in Ukraine.

His most recent mediation effort led to the signing, on 22 July, of an agreement to allow the resumption of cereal exports from three Ukrainian ports, coordinated from Istanbul and with the participation of Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and United Nations.

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