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Reviving Ukraine grain deal 'critical' for food security: Türkiye

Türkiye's foreign minister Hakan Fidan said on a visit to Moscow on Aug. 31 that reviving a deal to ship Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea was "critical" for food security.

Fidan was in Moscow to prepare an informal summit between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Russia's Black Sea resort city of Sochi next week.

Erdoğan, Putin to meet in Russia on September 4

A much-anticipated meeting between Turkish and Russian presidents over the fate of the grain initiative will be held on Sept. 4 in the Russian resort city of Sochi, only days after the two sides' top diplomats, Hakan Fidan and Sergey Lavrov, had talks on the same issue as well as on other bilateral and regional matters in Moscow.

Türkiye is now much stronger with all capabilities: Erdoğan

"Today, the Republic of Türkiye is much stronger and much more advanced than it was a quarter century, half a century, a century ago, with all its political, economic and military capabilities," President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Erdoğan said on Aug. 30. 

Erdoğan delivered a speech at the Victory Day Concert at the Presidential Complex.

Turkish, Russian top diplomats to meet in Moscow

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan will pay a two-day visit to Moscow on Aug. 31 to hold talks with his counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on the resumption of the grain deal, as well as bilateral matters and regional developments.

A statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced that the working visit by Fidan will be held on Aug. 31 -Sept. 1.