A spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) said on Monday that the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will visit Russia soon to discuss an agreement allowing Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea.

The grain deal, which was brokered by the United Nations and Türkiye, lasted a year, but ended after Moscow withdrew last month.

Ankara is trying to persuade Russia to return to the agreement, under which the three ports of Odessa sent grain shipments worth tens of millions of tons during the Russian invasion.

Russian forces have been targeting Ukrainian ports with a barrage of missiles and suicide drones since the agreement expired.

The AKP spokesman, Ömer Çelik said that Erdoğan would visit the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi soon, but didn’t specify if Erdoğan would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“After this visit, there may be developments and new stages may be reached regarding the grain deal,” Çelik told reporters.

The Kremlin said on Friday that there is an understanding to bring them together for a face-to-face meeting soon.

According to latest information, Erdoğan is expected to meet Putin in Russia next week, possibly on September 8, before Erdoğan travels to India to attend the G20 summit.

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