Erdogan and Putin to Meet for Talks about Wheat (and Peace)?

Rumors are growing about the upcoming meeting in Turkey between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

There will probably be a new discussion on the Black Sea Grain Initiative – the wheat agreement that expired on July 17. A diplomatic source interviewed by TASS explained that the grain agreement would be “one of the main topics during a possible visit by the Russian president.”

The Russian and Turkish presidents allegedly had a telephone conversation on August 2, during which, again according to TASS, Putin explained that Russia was ready to work with Turkey and other interested countries to “develop options for supplying its grain to needy countries.” For his part, Erdogan would do his best to relaunch and expand the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which is currently blocked by Russia because obstacles to grain and fertilizer exports from Moscow are not removed.

But Erdogan also intends to mediate a ceasefire in Ukraine. According to ANSA that quotes Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, “Erdogan will offer his mediation, confirming the thesis that there will be no winners in the war and no losers in the peace process.”