Erdogan noted that, unlike the West, Turkey acted as a go-between, in particular, to launch the work of the Black Sea Grain Initiative. So, according to Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to supply free grain to Africa, and Ankara, in turn, offered services to process this grain for future deliveries.
As a result of the export of grain from the territory of Ukraine, about 14% went to Africa, 16% to Turkey and 44% to European countries, Erdogan drew attention.
The Black Sea Grain Initiative was concluded in Istanbul in July this year, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN are participating in it. The agreement involves the export of agricultural cargo from Ukraine, from the ports of Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny, for export. The Russian side has repeatedly signaled that it sees non-compliance with some points of the agreement, in particular, on the supply of grain to the poorest countries.