Erdogan: West Must Do Their Part To Revive Grain Deal
Wires carrying comments from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stating that, "Western countries must do their part to revive black sea grain deal," and confirming that he will again, "discuss Black Sea grain deal with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin to raise exports to Africa."
- Erdogan says the grain deal will be among top agenda points at UN General Assembly taking place in New York City this month.
- Russia has so far resisted calls from the UN and Turkey to revive the deal, arguing that the West failed to uphold conditions of the original deal, including market access for Russian grain and fertiliser.
- Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday that the Russian Agricultural Bank must be reconnected to SWIFT, rather than a subsidiary of the bank, as proposed by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
- Peskov: "All our conditions are perfectly well known. They do not need interpretation, they are absolutely concrete and all this is absolutely achievable."
- Reuters reports that Russia may have, "drawn encouragement," from comments Erdogan made after his meeting with Putin in Sochi last week stating that Ukraine should "soften its approaches" in talks.