Erdogan: Türkiye in close contact with UN on grain deal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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# 05 September 2023 15:38 (UTC +04:00)

Türkiye is in close contact with the United Nations on reviving the Black Sea grain deal, President Erdogan was cited as saying, APA reports citing Al Jazeera.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting in Russia with Putin, Erdogan said the latest UN proposal sought to address some Russian demands and believed a solution could be found soon.

“On August 28, UN Secretary-General Guterres, in the letter he sent, proposed an intermediary mechanism that would result from the SWIFT transaction, not directly SWIFT as the Russians wanted,” Erdogan said.

“They said work was underway on the insurance issue too.”

He added Moscow was putting these two demands as “musts” to revive the deal and that Putin had told him he would not take steps on this until “Europe keeps the promises they made me”, according to Turkish media.