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Turkish president in Russia to meet Vladimir Putin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived today in Sochi, Russia, where he is expected to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

According to the Ankara press, the Turkish head of state hopes at the Sochi meeting to “convince” the President of Russia to resume the agreement on Ukrainian cereal exports, which Moscow abandoned last July.

Erdogan’s trip to Russia and meeting with Vladimir Putin was initially reported last week.

Erdogan, who is expected to speak before the meeting, will meet his Russian counterpart for the first time since October last year.

The President of Turkey travels accompanied by Ankara’s ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Finance and Energy.

In July, Russia withdrew from the agreement that allowed the transport of Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea, crucial to the world’s food supply, claiming that Western sanctions were hindering the international market for its own agricultural products and fertilizers.

Moscow has threatened to attack ships sailing from Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea and has intensified shelling of Ukrainian port infrastructure.​​​​​​​

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