Turkey, a NATO member country but with good relations with Russia, failed this Monday to reactivate the agreement that for a year allowed Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan intended during their meeting. with Vladimir Putin in the Russian city of Sochi. Both agreed that the talks were “constructive,” but the Kremlin chief repeated his well-known position: that he is willing to relaunch the grain pact if Russia’s conditions are met. Moscow withdrew from this initiative last July.
“We will do so as soon as all the agreements contained in (the agreement) on lifting restrictions on the export of Russian agricultural products are fully implemented,” Putin said after the summit in a joint appearance before the press.