Russia ‘ready to work’ on reopening shipping with Turkey

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Russian President Vladimir Putin told Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday that Moscow was ready to work with Ankara to free up maritime shipping blocked over the conflict in Ukraine. “Vladimir Putin noted the readiness of the Russian side to contribute to the unimpeded maritime transit of goods in coordination with Turkish partners. This also applies to grain exports from Ukrainian ports,” the Kremlin quoted Putin as saying in a readout of a call with Erdogan. The Kremlin said the two discussed “ensuring safe navigation in the Black and Azov Seas” and “eliminating the threat of …

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