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Erdogan wants Putin to restore peace with Ukraine, and Russia demands free movement of goods on the Black Sea

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Vladimir Putin to take steps “to minimize the effects of the war” and to restore peace with Ukraine “as soon as possible,” according to CNN’s Turkish presidency.

Russia is ready to cooperate with Turkey on the free movement of goods in the Black Sea, including grain from Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a telephone conversation on Monday, AFP and Reuters reported. Agerpres.

Putin “stressed that the Russian side is ready to facilitate unrestricted maritime transit of goods, in coordination with Turkish partners. It also applies to grain exports from Ukrainian ports, “the Kremlin said in a statement, according to libertatea.ro.

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Last week, Putin told Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on the phone that Russia was ready to help “alleviate the international food crisis” only if the West lifted sanctions on Moscow.

“President Erdogan has expressed readiness to hold a meeting of Russia, Ukraine and the United Nations in Istanbul to play a role in a possible monitoring mechanism” of a possible truce, “if both sides agree in principle.” , said the Ankara presidency.

In a conversation with Erdogan, Putin reaffirmed his statement, stating that Russia could “export large quantities of fertilizers and agricultural products if anti-Russian sanctions are lifted.” Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea were blocked by Russia after the invasion was launched on February 24.

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Erdogan wants Putin to make peace with Ukraine and Turkey to mediate to prevent food catastrophe

Ukraine has been forced to ship its exports by rail or through small ports on the Danube.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday (May 27th) that 22 million tonnes of grain were being kept in silos because Russia was blocking its ports, warning of a “really approaching catastrophe”.

About 10% of the world’s grain exports come from Ukraine. Together with Russia, it accounts for about a third of the world’s wheat exports.

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