Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for talks in Sochi.
It is the second time the two have met in the two weeks since Turkey helped broker a deal to resume Ukraine’s Black Sea grain exports that had been blocked by Russia’s invasion. The agreement also allows Russia to export grain and fertilizer.
At the start of their talks on Friday, Putin thanked Erdogan for his help in securing the deal.
Earlier in the day, three ships carrying thousands of tons of corn left Ukrainian ports, following the departure of the first vessel on Monday.
Erdogan wants to translate the success into truce talks in Istanbul between Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
“We discussed if the grain agreement could be an occasion for a…