Putin and Erdogan may discuss grain deal on sidelines of SCO summit

Putin and Erdogan may discuss grain deal on sidelines of SCO summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan may discuss Moscow's concerns about the grain deal on the sidelines of the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Uzbekistan on September 15-16, a diplomatic source told Sputnik.

"Yes, this topic will be discussed," the diplomatic source said when asked if the grain deal is featured on the agenda of the anticipated meeting of Putin and Erdogan in Samarkand.

Earlier on Wednesday, Putin aired his concerns over a looming humanitarian catastrophe that may be caused by the West exporting most of Ukraine's grain to its own storages rather than to the struggling African nations. Putin said it might be worth discussing restrictions in this mechanism with the Turkish president.

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