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Erdogan Insists, Putin Is Not the Problem, but the West Must Fulfill Terms of Grain Deal

July 21, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants the Black Sea Grain Initiative, but that it is up to the West to live up to the deal. Turkiye’s pro-government Daily Sabah quoted him as saying: “Russia has some expectations. If these are met, Russia is in favor of active operation of this grain corridor. We are aware that President Putin also has certain expectations from Western countries, and it is crucial for these countries to take action in this regard.” Putin had made clear yesterday that it was necessary that all the terms of the initiative be “implemented without exception” in order to go forward.

Erdogan warned that “the termination of the Black Sea grain deal will have a series of consequences, ranging from the increase in global food prices to scarcity in certain regions and, potentially, leading to new waves of migration.” However, “I believe that by thoroughly discussing the matter with President Putin, we can ensure the continuation of this humanitarian effort,” he said. Erdogan remarked that with respect to the grain deal, “A consensus has been reached that serves humanity in a war environment, and we will do our best to keep it going.” He called for “all instruments of diplomacy” to revive the arrangement. He reiterated his hopes that Putin would visit Türkiye in August, and added that he might soon have a phone call with Putin.

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