Turkish president says new extension of the Black Sea Grain Deal between Moscow and Kiev was reached following Ankara's mediation, emphasising the agreement's importance in terms of global food supply.
Turkish defence chief, relevant authorities negotiate to carry on with activities of grain deal, National Defence Ministry says.
The UN and Türkiye brokered the agreement between the warring countries, allowing Ukraine to ship food and fertiliser from three of its Black Sea ports. The deal expires on March 18.
Some experts say Türkiye's mediation can prevail over Moscow's hardball tactics and lead to the deal's extension from March 18 onwards.
Ankara has been the calming and healing balm for the world since the Russian incursion of Ukraine.
Ukraine worked to restore electricity and water supplies after Russia's latest wave of attacks pitched multiple cities into darkness and forced people to endure sub-zero temperatures as fighting goes into its 296th day.
President Erdogan and President Zelenskyy held a conference call to discuss the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, with hopes for solutions to the humanitarian, energy and food crisis.
In a phone call with his Russian counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed plans to gradually export other goods through the grain corridor, as well as bilateral relations.
Türkiye remains at the forefront of mediation efforts between Kiev and Moscow with President Erdogan set to continue high-level diplomacy in efforts for peace.
Ukrainian President Zelenskyy tells TRT World Forum that the Ankara-brokered grain deal played an "exemplary role" in addressing the global food crisis due to the war and showed "the leadership of Türkiye."
The Turkish Foreign Ministry announces that a two-day meeting is scheduled for representatives from Türkiye and Russia to discuss bilateral issues in Istanbul.
"We believe that the extension of the Black Sea Grain Corridor Agreement for 120 days as of 19 November will alleviate the suffering of our African brothers in particular," Erdogan says while addressing the 38th COMCEC meeting.
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