ISTANBUL, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan stated on Wednesday he and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy mentioned sending grain to African international locations after Russia stated it might resume participation within the Ukraine grain deal.
In an interview with Turkish broadcaster ATV, Erdogan stated Russian President Vladimir Putin had earlier proposed to him sending grain to international locations like Djibouti, Somalia and Sudan first, saying folks have been at present ravenous there.
“The state of affairs there’s not good in any respect. If there’s a downside in different African international locations, we are going to perform these shipments. We talked about this with Zelenskiy this night,” Erdogan stated.
Moscow introduced the resumption of its participation within the deal after Turkey and the United Nations helped preserve Ukrainian grain flowing for a number of days and not using a Russian function in inspections.
The grain deal, reached three months in the past, has alleviated a worldwide meals disaster by lifting a de facto Russian blockade on Ukraine, one of many world’s largest grain suppliers.
Erdogan additionally stated within the interview German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had modified his stance and was now saying widespread floor should be discovered with Putin in an effort to finish the warfare in Ukraine.
Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Writing by Daren Butler; Enhancing by Jonathan Oatis, William Maclean
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