Volodymyr Zelenskyy, president of Ukraine, hailed Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey, on Wednesday for “his active cooperation in preserving” the Black Sea grain agreement.
Zelenskyy thanked Erdogan for his “steadfast support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine” during their phone conversation, which also covered the most recent developments in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Erdogan emphasised the necessity of carrying out the Black Sea grain agreement and the importance of grain exports from both Russia and Ukraine, according to a statement from Turkey’s Communications Directorate.
He informed Zelenskyy that there was a need to step up diplomatic efforts to put an end to the conflict on the basis of the complete restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Erdogan also expressed his happiness over the cooperative approach used to overcome the grain export issue.
A deal was made on July 22 in Istanbul by Turkey, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine to restore grain exports across the Black Sea, which had been suspended since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war in February.
In response to what it claimed was an attack by the Ukrainian navy on its Black Sea force at the port of Sevastopol, Russia declared on Saturday that it would cease its participation in the agreement.
Ankara and the UN’s mediation resulted in Moscow returning to the Black Sea grain accord, Turkey and Russia confirmed earlier on Wednesday.