On Friday, August 5, negotiations were held in Sochi between the presidents of Russia and Turkey – Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The negotiations were held behind closed doors in the sanatorium “Rus”. They lasted just over four hours, according to the Air Force.
One of the main topics is the export of Ukrainian grain, which was unblocked with the active participation of Turkey. “Supplies have already begun,” Putin told Erdogan, starting negotiations in Sochi, “and I want to thank you both for this, and for the fact that at the same time a package decision was made on the uninterrupted supply of Russian food and fertilizers to world markets.”
In a joint statement by Putin and Erdogan following the talks in Sochi, it is said that the Istanbul agreements must be fully implemented, “including the unhindered export of Russian grain, fertilizers and raw materials for their production.”
Under the terms of the agreement, signed on July 22 in Istanbul, Russia does not attack ports while the shipments are taking place, and Ukraine guides ships through mined waters with the help of warships. It is expected that Ukraine will export 20 million tons of grain, which will prevent world hunger and increase in grain prices.
The Turkish leader is considered one of Putin’s staunchest allies. Turkey did not join the sanctions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Erdogan has repeatedly offered his mediation efforts. The last Russian-Ukrainian talks were held in Turkey at the end of March. Now there are no negotiations.