In the bilateral meeting with Turkish President Erdogan, Putin thanked him for his mediation on Ukrainian wheat: “Not all problems have been solved yet, but the fact that there is movement is already positive”
The meeting between the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan respectively, was held in Tehran. This was reported by the Russian news agency Ria Novosti, recalling that the two were expected to have discussions on issues of the bilateral agenda, as well as the situation of grain exports.
It was the first face to face between the two presidents since Russia invaded Ukraine. “We are strengthening our cooperation on international security issues. We are making a significant contribution to resolving the Iranian crisis,” Putin said. “Moscow’s approach to Turkey’s mediation on the corridors in the Black Sea to export grain from Ukrainian ports is positive,” Erdogan said.
Putin quoted by the Russian news agency Ria Novosti said that “Not all the issues on the export of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports have been resolved yet, but the fact that there is movement is already positive”. The Russian leader thanked his Turkish colleague for his mediation efforts in providing a platform for negotiations on the food issue and grain exports across the Black Sea. With your mediation, we have moved forward. True, not all of them. the problems have still been solved, but the fact that there is movement is already positive, “Putin said.
After the face-to-face meeting, the trilateral meeting between the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey began, in which Syria is also on the table. The trilateral takes place within the so-called Astana format, launched since 2017 by Russia and Iran, which support the government of Damascus, and Turkey, sided with a part of the opposition.
NATO is “a dangerous organization” and if Russia had not intervened in Ukraine, “the other side would have provoked a war”. This was stated by the Iranian guide, Ali Khamenei, meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tehran. “The West – added Khamenei, quoted by state television – does not want a strong and independent Russia”.