The planned negotiations between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin will determine the fate of both the Black Sea Grain Initiative and potential peace talks on Ukraine, a Turkish expert told TASS, APA reports.
"It’s quite obvious that reviving the grain deal will be a priority at the two presidents’ meeting," said Huseyin Bagci, president of Türkiye's Foreign Policy Institute. "It is obvious, too, that Erdogan will advocate for restoring the Black Sea corridor in its previous format, which is the safest and most economically viable. And there is almost no alternative to it. Grain deal agreements will inevitably take the two leaders to a potential peace in Ukraine and to negotiations, in particular. For dialogue is inevitable. And the sooner Russia and Ukraine sit down at the negotiating table, the fewer consequences this conflict will cause to the two countries and the entire region," the expert added.
According to Bagci, securing Russia’s return to the grain deal will largely depend on whether the country's demands have been fulfilled. "For its part, Türkiye has been making efforts to convince the United Nations and Western countries that it is necessary to observe Russia’s terms. Now, it’s up to them," said Bagci, who specializes in European security issues.
The Grain Deal was terminated on July 17 at Moscow’s initiative.