Putin and Erdogan meet to discuss grain deal in Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Uzbekistan.

It is expected that the focus of the talks will be on grain exports from Ukraine. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the country has blocked ports to disrupt grain exports, causing a catastrophic lack of supplies for many countries.

Erdogan had been incremental in closing a deal between Ukraine and Russia to resume grain exports.

Xi meets Erdogan

Earlier on Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Erdogan. The Chinese leader urged “political mutual trust” between China and Turkey.

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According to China’s state broadcaster CCTV, Xi said: “The two sides should consolidate mutual political trust, respect each other’s core interests and consolidate the political foundation of the strategic cooperative relations between China and Turkey.”

“We need to focus on development cooperation (and) fully play the role of different cooperation mechanisms and respective strengths between the two countries,” he said.

However, China’s relationship with Turkey has been tarnished by China’s alleged human rights violations against the Uyghurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region.

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What happened when Xi met Putin on Thursday?

On Thursday, Xi and Putin had met to talk bilaterally, discussing both Ukraine and Taiwan.

During his meeting with the Chinese president, Putin praised China’s “balanced” approach to Ukraine. Putin had said he was ready to raise Chinese “concerns” about Ukraine ahead of the meeting.

Earlier, Xi had said that China’s support for Russia knew “no borders”.

“We understand your questions and your concerns in this regard, and we will certainly provide a detailed explanation of our position on this matter at today’s meeting, even though we have discussed it before,” Putin said in acknowledging the position. from Beijing.

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It was Xi and Putin’s first bilateral meeting since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a group of eight countries, including Pakistan and India, founded and led by China and Russia to counter the influence of the West.

loose/rt (TBEN, Reuters, TBEN)

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