ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayip Erdogan said on Friday that he had agreed with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Russian grain sent under the Black Sea export deal should go free to poor African countries.
“In my phone call with Vladimir Putin, he said ‘Let’s send this grain to countries like Djibouti, Somalia and Sudan for free’ – and we agreed,” he added. Erdogan said in a speech to businessmen in Istanbul.
The comment came after Moscow resumed its participation in the UN-brokered grain deal with Turkey on Wednesday, ending four days of non-cooperation that still saw exports continue from Ukrainian ports.
Earlier this week, Cheese fries said that even if Russia pulled out of the deal again, it would substitute the entire volume of grain destined for “poorer countries” for free from its own stocks.

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