Erdogan will discuss with Putin “grain deal” and Ukraine at the SCO summit The Turkish president will arrive in Samarkand, where the summit will be held, at the invitation of Putin. In particular, the export of grain will be discussed and the fact that the vast majority, according to Putin, goes to rich countries
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) intends to raise the issue of the “grain deal”, the operation in Ukraine and the situation in Syria, reports Hurriyet.
The SCO summit will be held in Samarkand on September 15 and 16. Erdogan will attend the event at the invitation of Putin (Turkey is not a member of the organization).
According to the Turkish newspaper, the main topic of negotiations between the two presidents in Samarkand will be the work of the “grain deal”, in which the accumulated there is grain.
Last week, Putin said that most of the grain ships that passed through the agreed corridor were sent to the EU countries and only 3% of the exported food reached the poorest countries through the UN program. “With this approach, the scale of food problems in the world will only increase. <…> Maybe we should think about limiting the export of grain and other foodstuffs along this route. I will definitely consult on this with the President of Turkey [Recep Erdogan]”, — he emphasized.
Erdogan later agreed with the words of his Russian colleague that grain instead of the poor goes to rich countries.
In addition, the Turkish president plans to discuss with the Russian operation in Ukraine. According to the newspaper, Erdogan will convey to Putin that Turkey will continue to do everything possible for a ceasefire, acting as an intermediary.
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Except In addition, Putin and Erdogan may discuss the situation in Syria.
In late August, Tasnim reported that Erdogan and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may meet on the sidelines of the SCO summit. According to him, this will be preceded by negotiations between the Turkish delegation and Syrian representatives, and if they are successful, a meeting of the presidents is possible.
However, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu denied reports of a possible meeting between Erdogan and Assad.
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