Erdogan lobbies G20 to compromise on Russian sanctions in bid to revive Ukraine grain corridor

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to convince G20 leaders at the New Delhi summit to meet some of Russia’s demands to restore the grain deal, Bloomberg reported on Sept. 9.

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According to people familiar with the negotiations, Erdogan is pushing for this in private meetings during the G20 summit.

Last week's talks between Putin and Erdogan ended without a renewal of the grain deal.

According to three Turkish officials, Ankara is asking world leaders to resume the insurance of Russian grain and fertilizer cargoes on the Lloyd's of London insurance market and to reconnect Russian banks to the SWIFT banking messaging system.

The G20 summit is taking place in New Delhi on Sept. 9-10. It is attended by U.S. President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

On Sept. 4, Erdogan flew to the Russian city of Sochi to hold talks with Putin.

After his meeting with Erdogan, Putin said that Russia is ready to consider renewing the grain deal, but only after the restrictions on Russian agricultural exports are lifted.

At the same time, Erdogan said that "Ukraine should soften its position" for the grain deal to be resumed.

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