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Russia confirms that it is discussing with Türkiye alternative to grain agreement

Wednesday, 30 August 2023, 21:42

During his visit to Moscow on 31 August and 1 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Türkiye will discuss the Russian proposal to export grain with the participation of Qatar against the background of Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

Source: As European Pravda writes, this follows from the message of the Russian Foreign Ministry published on Wednesday.

Details: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation claims that Fidan and Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov "intend to work on the parameters of implementing the initiative" of Vladimir Putin.


It consists of the supply to Türkiye of one million tons of Russian grain at a preferential price "with the financial support of Qatar" for processing at Turkish enterprises and sending to the countries that need it most.

Quote: "We consider this project as an optimal working alternative to the Black Sea Agreement," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia says. It should be noted that during the period of the validity of the Grain Agreement, Ukraine exported more than 30 million tons of crops.

The German publication Bild was the first to report on the preparation by Türkiye and Russia of a new agreement on the export of Russian grain that is disadvantageous to Ukraine.

Such an agreement is dangerous for Kyiv because, firstly, it will allow Moscow to legitimise the export of grain stolen from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, and secondly, it will limit its ability to attack Russian warships in the Black Sea.

At the same time, the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Hakan Fidan, emphasised that the grain agreement had no alternative during his visit to Kyiv last week.

As it is known, on 17 July, Russia announced the suspension of the grain agreement and threatened "risks" to the parties that decided to continue the initiative without the participation of the Russian Federation. In addition, Moscow began massive shelling of the port infrastructure of Odesa and the Danube ports.

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