MOSCOW — Friday, Turkish President Erdogan travelled to Russia for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The topics of their conversation included a grain deal facilitated by Turkey and the U.N., the likelihood of negotiations to end the conflict in Ukraine, the situation in Syria, and the expanding economic ties between Moscow and Ankara.
Erdogan claimed their discussions would help “bring forward the role that Turkey and Russia play in the area” before their meeting began at Putin’s Black Sea villa in Sochi. He portrayed the talks as crucial and claimed that the rest of the world was eagerly following them.
The focus of the entire world is on Sochi right now, of course,” Erdogan remarked. They are watching it and wondering what is happening in Sochi.
Last month, agreements between Russia and Ukraine were mediated by Turkey and the UN, allowing Ukraine to ship 22 million tonnes of agricultural exports that had been trapped in its Black Sea ports ever since Moscow dispatched soldiers there more than five months prior. The agreements also enable Russia to export grain and fertiliser.
On Friday, three additional ships carrying thousands of tonnes of corn departed Ukrainian ports. Early this week, the first ship to leave Ukraine in accordance with the agreement did so.