Emphasising that the Istanbul grain deal is running “smoothly”, the Turkish President, on Friday, said more than four million tons of grain have, so far, been exported from Ukrainian ports, Anadolu News Agency reports.
As part of the deal, “more than four million tons of grain has been exported through the grain corridor. It is still continuing,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters, after Friday prayer in Istanbul.
Stressing the importance of exporting Russian grain and fertilisers, Erdogan said that it will help poor countries.
On a prisoner swap deal between Ukraine and Russia, Erdogan said 200 of those prisoners are currently “guests” of Turkiye.
“These are our guests. One of them was a name that Mr. (Vladimir) Putin insisted on. We also sent that person to Russia,” he added.
Earlier this week, Erdogan announced that Ukraine and Russia agreed to exchange 200 prisoners as a result of Turkiye’s mediation and diplomatic exchanges with the leaders of the two countries.
He had told reporters in New York that the prisoner exchange under Turkiye’s mediation was an “important step” toward ending the war between the two countries.