Turkish President Warns Any Grain Route Plans Without Russia Doomed to Fail

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ankara is placing enormous importance on ensuring food security in Africa, but any alternatives to the grain deal that exclude Russia's participation are bound to fail, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cautioned on Sunday.
"In the grain corridor process, we believe that any initiative that isolates Russia is bound to fail, its success is of very little possibility," the Turkish leader said after the G20 Summit in New Delhi.
Erdogan also noted that Turkiye and Qatar were placing great significance on grain supplies to Africa, where food scarcity has had a serious impact.

"When meeting with [Russian Foreign Minister] Sergey Lavrov, I proposed that we do not limit ourselves to 1 million tonnes [of grain supplies to Africa], but send even more grain instead, since African countries need it," Erdogan said.

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Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that his country would soon ship free grain to six African countries in a bid to alleviate food shortages on the continent.
On July 18, the Turkiye- and UN-mediated Black Sea Grain Initiative, or grain deal as it is commonly called, which provided for a humanitarian corridor to enable exports of Ukrainian grain over the past year amid the Russian military operation expired as Moscow did not renew its participation in the deal.
The Kremlin said that the deal's component on facilitating Russian grain and fertilizer exports had not been fulfilled.