Kremlin: Putin, Erdogan expected to meet soon

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to hold talks in person with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan soon, the Kremlin said on Friday, as Ankara attempts to persuade Moscow to return to the Black Sea grain deal.

The deal, brokered by Turkey and the United Nations in July 2022 to help alleviate a global food crisis, allowed grain shipments from Ukraine's Black Sea ports.

However, Moscow quit the deal last month, complaining that an accompanying agreement to facilitate Russia's own grain and fertiliser exports was not being implemented.

Asked about Erdogan's invitation to Putin to visit Turkey to discuss the deal and other pressing issues, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "There is an understanding that this meeting will take place soon."

"We usually synchronize announcements of such visits with our partner countries. We will announce shortly...

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