Türkiye facilitates diplomatic talks for reviving grain deal

Turkish diplomatic efforts have surged ahead as Ankara plays a pivotal role in spearheading Russia's talks with Ukraine, the United States and EU nations with the aim of reviving a crucial grain agreement.

The agreement, which had been brokered by Türkiye and the United Nations, encountered a setback when Russia decided to withdraw from it on July 17, alleging unfulfilled obligations by its counterparts. Subsequently, Russia launched multiple strikes on Ukrainian ports, including Odesa.

Türkiye, recognizing the significance of the deal in addressing food security concerns and maintaining stable grain prices in the international market, has redoubled its diplomatic endeavors to revive the pact.

In an Aug. 2 phone call between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, the possibility of the latter's visit to Türkiye was discussed. Although no specific timeline was provided, this prospective visit could mark Putin's first to a NATO member country since the commencement of the ongoing conflict.

Erdoğan conveyed to his Russian counterpart that the protracted suspension of the grain agreement "will not benefit anyone," particularly underscoring the repercussions on countries in need.

The Turkish leader further highlighted the impact of the agreement's suspension on grain prices, stating that they had increased by 15 percent in the past two weeks, after witnessing a 23 percent decrease when the deal was in force. He vowed Türkiye would press ahead with "intensive efforts" and diplomacy to reestablish the agreement.

As part of the initiative, Russia has channeled its communication and negotiations with Ukraine, the U.S., and EU nations through Türkiye. Diplomacy involves close coordination between...

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