Erdogan, Putin agree to send Russian grains to poor African countries for free

Russian grains exported through the Black Sea should be provided to impoverished African states for free, according to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vladimir Putin suggested during their telephone conversation that Russia would supply grain to countries like Djibouti, Somalia, and Sudan for free.

On Wednesday, Moscow resumed participation in a U.N. and Turkey-mediated grain deal, ending four days of non-cooperation that still permitted exports from Ukrainian ports.

Earlier this week, Putin said that even if Russia withdrew from the deal again, it would substitute the entire volume of grain destined for the “poorest countries” for free from its own stocks.

Nevzat Deranoglu and Yesim Dikmen reported the story, and Daren Butler, Ali Kucukgocmen and Jonathan Spicer edited it.