Turkish president appreciates Putin’s ‘constructive stance’ on Black Sea grain deal

Erdogan and Putin spoke about latest developments regarding the deal, bilateral issues, and regional matters, the Turkish Communications Directorate said in a statement.

On Thursday, days before its scheduled expiration, the landmark grain deal signed in Istanbul in July by Türkiye, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine was extended for another 120 days, beginning Nov. 19.

In their discussions, Erdogan also welcomed Putin’s proposal to set up a natural gas hub in Türkiye, the statement said.

He said “technical and legal teams” will evaluate the proposal at the earliest to move the plan forward, it added.

On the Ukraine conflict, the Turkish leader told Putin that prolonging the war only increases the risks, and called for diplomatic efforts to be revived.

Erdogan also hailed the recent meeting between Russian and US intelligence chiefs in the Turkish capital Ankara.

He said such initiatives could play a “key role” in preventing unrestrained escalation in the region, referring to Tuesday’s missile incident in Poland.

The Turkish president also thanked Putin for his condolences over the recent terrorist attack in Istanbul that killed 6 people.

Source: Anadolu Agency