Turkey’s Erdogan issues new ultimatum to Europe in Black Sea grain battle as he SUPPORTS Putin | World | New

The president added that Putin was right to claim yesterday that grain exported from Ukraine under a UN-backed deal went to rich EU countries, not poor ones.

This claim has since been proven to be inaccurate.

Speaking at a press conference with Croatian President Zoran Milanović, Erdoğan today said Putin was not comfortable with sending grain to countries that sanction Russia.

This follows Putin’s suggestion that Ukrainian grain exports could be limited.

Speaking at an assembly of the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia, Putin said: “We should probably think about limiting the destinations of grain exports, and I will discuss this with Mr. Erdoğan, President of Turkey , because it was he and I who came up with this plan.”

He falsely accused the EU of not sending grain to developing countries.

The dictator said: “Excluding Turkey as a mediating country, almost all the grain exported from Ukraine does not go to the poorest countries, but to the European Union.”

Putin then explained this accusation by saying that of the 87 ships sailing under the Black Sea deal, only two were sent to developing countries.

The Russian leader accused the West of “deceiving developing countries”.

He said: “First and foremost we have to help the poorest countries. That is not happening right now. And I can tell you that this situation is the result of reckless action. by elites in the US, UK and EU who suffer from political illusions.”

But the UN data refute Putin’s claim, which Mr Erdoğan has now backed.

According to its data, more than 20 ships are heading to developing and least developed countries (excluding those heading to Turkey).

Six ships have Egypt as their final destination, while others are heading for Djibouti, Yemen and Sudan.

The false claims are part of Putin’s plan to appeal for improved Russian diplomacy with developing countries after its relations with the West were shattered by the invasion of Ukraine.

The Kremlin tried to push the narrative that rising food prices were the result of post-war Western sanctions, not the invasion itself.

Mr Erdoğan’s decision to support Russian propaganda comes a day after he accused the West of provoking Russia.

At a press conference alongside his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vučić in Belgrade, Erdoğan said: “I can clearly say that I don’t find the attitude of the West [toward Russia] correct”, adding that there was a “policy based on provocation”.

The Turkish president also said he did not believe the war in Ukraine would end “anytime soon” and urged countries not to “underestimate Russia”.

Turkey tried to portray itself as a neutral party in the invasion of Ukraine, holding talks with Kyiv and the Kremlin.

He also helped negotiate the Grain Agreement to ensure the safe export of grain out of blocked Ukrainian ports.

However, its close ties with Russia remain.

Ankara has increased its trade with Russia, Turkish banks have adopted a Russian payment system and Turkey is said to have doubled its imports of Russian oil this year.

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