Erdogan confirms Turkey’s readiness to mediate

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan affirmed on Monday his country’s readiness to adopt the role of mediator in order to establish lasting peace between Russia and Ukraine.

This came in a phone call he made with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, according to a statement issued by the Turkish Presidency’s Communications Department.

The statement indicated that Erdogan and Putin discussed “steps to convert Russian grain into flour in Turkey and send it to African countries.”

The two leaders also discussed developments related to the grain shipping corridor agreement across the Black Sea and the export of Russian ammonia.

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On July 22, 2022, Istanbul witnessed the signing of the “Initiative Document for Safe Shipping of Grains and Foodstuffs from Ukrainian Ports” between Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and the United Nations.

The agreement included securing grain exports stuck in Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea (eastern Europe) to the world to address the global food shortage crisis that threatens a humanitarian catastrophe.