President Erdogan: Putin is right, grain goes to rich, not poor countries

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan responded to Russian President Putin’s grain corridor statement at a joint press conference with Croatian President Zoran Milanovic. Erdoğan said, “There are no grain shipments from Russia at the moment. Mr. Putin has a point. Unfortunately, the incoming grain goes to rich countries, not to poor countries.” “Our trade volume with Croatia has left the pre-pandemic level behind and reached 900 million dollars,” President Erdoğan said at the press conference, adding that they are endeavoring to carry it much further.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, held a joint press conference with his counterpart Croatian President Zoran Milanovic.

Speaking at the press conference, Erdoğan expressed his pleasure to be in Zagreb after 6 years and said: “Turkey was one of the countries that rushed to help Croatia during the earthquake disaster in the previous years. Croatia also showed its solidarity by sending an extinguishing plane during the forest fires in our country last year. In our talks today, we discussed our bilateral relations in all dimensions with this understanding. As a matter of fact, three agreements were signed here today.”


Upon a question about the ongoing grain shipments from Ukraine and the planned official visit to Uzbekistan, President Erdoğan stated the following;
“As of now, as you know, there is no grain shipment from the Russian side. But of course, Mr. Putin has a point. What is that? Unfortunately, the grains coming in this grain shipment go to rich countries, not to poor countries. What is the main theme of this? It is to maintain and continue this grain shipment to poor countries. On the one hand, Mr. Putin is also disturbed by the fact that while sanctions are imposed on Russia, grain is being shipped to the countries that impose these sanctions. Now we want grain shipments to start from Russia as well. We are also expecting this. There is a delay here, we will discuss these issues in detail with Mr. Putin in Samarkand to overcome this delay. And we hope that we can start grain shipments from the Russian side as soon as possible and deliver this grain to the really poor countries. Of course, above all, there is the energy issue. Energy prices are rising and Europe is now in a panic about how it will spend this winter. The figures are very high and the West or Europe is worried about what to do with these high figures.”


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