Erdogan, Putin will meet in Sochi to discuss "grain corridor" and prisoner exchanges
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Russia tomorrow for talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Sochi. The main topics of discussion will include the Black Sea Grain Initiative and prisoner exchanges
This news comes from TRT Haber.
According to the TV channel, "President Erdogan is heading to Sochi to meet President Putin, where they will discuss the future of the grain corridor agreement."
During the meeting in Sochi, Presidents Erdogan and Putin are expected to delve into various aspects of bilateral relations and regional issues, including the ongoing events in the Russian-Ukrainian war.
However, the primary focus of the meeting, as highlighted by the TV channel, will be on the grain corridor.
Additionally, discussions regarding the exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia are anticipated.
Here's what we know about the meeting between Erdogan and Putin
On July 16, the last shipment of Ukrainian agricultural products under the grain initiative left the Odesa port. Russia subsequently announced the termination of the "grain agreement" on July 17. In response, Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed the need to continue using the grain corridor despite Russia's withdrawal from the agreement.
On August 2, it was reported that South African countries are working to persuade Russia to reengage in negotiations regarding the safe export of grain from Black Sea ports, which Russia had abandoned the previous month.
On August 9, President Erdogan expressed his intention to reinstate the grain agreement on a larger scale and urged Western nations to fulfill their commitments.
Ihor Semyvolos suggested that the outcome of the Erdogan-Putin meeting could involve Russia returning to the "grain deal."
On August 18, it was reported that Russia, Turkey, and Qatar were allegedly working on a new grain agreement without Ukraine.
By August 20, Turkey had been actively striving to reinstate the export of agricultural products from Ukraine, as the termination of the "grain deal" had global consequences, leading to a 15% increase in grain prices worldwide.
On August 29, Erdogan's party confirmed his meeting with Putin in Sochi.
On August 31, ahead of the Erdogan-Putin meeting, the foreign affairs ministers of Turkey and Russia met in Moscow to discuss the "grain agreement" and peace in Ukraine.