Erdoğan to visit Russia for talks with Putin: Ankara

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is to visit Russia "soon" for talks with Vladimir Putin on reviving a deal to ship grain across the Black Sea, his party spokesman said Monday.

The meeting will take place in Russia's resort city of Sochi, Erdoğan's ruling party spokesman Ömer Çelik told reporters, adding that Türkiye hoped to avert a looming "food crisis".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that a meeting was being prepared "intensively".

Erdoğan has used his good relations with Moscow and Kiev to try to bring the two sides into formal peace talks.

Türkiye helped negotiate the only major agreement signed by the warring sides since the February 2022 invasion - a deal to ship grain from three Ukrainian ports across the Black Sea.

Russia scuppered the U.N.-backed agreement last month, launching repeated attacks on Ukrainian port infrastructure and warning that it may consider any ships in the Black Sea as military targets.

Erdoğan is trying to revive the pact, hoping to use it as a springboard for broader peace talks.

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