The Russian president Vladimir Putin “agrees with me” on extending her agreement Black Sea for grains, the validity of which expires next Monday, July 17 in the evening, the Turkish president asserted today Friday Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who also spoke about his meeting with Kyriakos Mitsotakis,

“We are preparing to welcome Putin in August and agree on the extension of the Black Sea grain corridor,” Erdogan told reporters after Friday prayers.

“Turkey and Russia are in ‘same page’ on the extension of the grain agreement in the Black Sea” noted President Erdogan.

Yesterday, a representative of The European Union he said the European Commission was helping the United Nations and Turkey in their efforts to extend the deal and was open to “exploring all solutions”.

The UN and Turkey brokered the Grains Initiative last July in the black sea, in an effort to help address the global food crisis exacerbated by Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and blockade of Black Sea ports.

However, the Kremlin announced last Monday that “there is nothing new to say” on the Black Sea grain export agreement.

The representative of the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov told reporters that there are currently “no plans for Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan to discuss renewing the agreement, and it is not known when Putin may visit Turkey.”