Türkiye Agrees with Russia Request to Lift Fertilizer Export Obstacles

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meets his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Ankara, Türkiye April 7, 2023. (Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via Reuters)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meets his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Ankara, Türkiye April 7, 2023. (Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via Reuters)
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Türkiye Agrees with Russia Request to Lift Fertilizer Export Obstacles

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meets his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Ankara, Türkiye April 7, 2023. (Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via Reuters)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meets his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Ankara, Türkiye April 7, 2023. (Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via Reuters)

Türkiye’s foreign minister said on Friday he agreed with Russia's request to lift obstacles to Russian fertilizer and grain exports, and that this needed to be addressed to extend the overall Black Sea grain deal involving Ukraine.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told a news conference in Ankara, alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, that Türkiye was committed to extending the UN-sponsored deal ensuring safe passage of grains and other commodities from Ukrainian ports.

"We attach importance to the continuation of the agreement...not only for Russia and Ukraine's grain and fertilizer exports, but also for stopping the world food crisis," Cavusoglu said.

"We also agree that the obstacles to the export of Russian grain and fertilizer should be removed. Issues need to be addressed for the grain deal to be extended further," he said.

Lavrov said the two top diplomats discussed the grain deal, a potential gas hub in Türkiye, the conflict in Syria, and Ukraine.

NATO member Türkiye has positioned itself as an intermediary between Kyiv and Moscow in the 13-month conflict, brokering with the United Nations the only significant diplomatic breakthrough so far.

The deal agreed last July ensures safe passage of vessels despite a Russian naval blockade of Ukraine's ports.

Last month, Russia said it would extend the agreement for another 60 days despite the UN, Ukraine and Türkiye pushing for a repeat 120-day rollover.



German Economy Minister Says EU Open for Talks on China Tariffs

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German Economy Minister Says EU Open for Talks on China Tariffs

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Germany's Economy Minister Robert Habeck said during his visit to China on Saturday that the European Union's door is open for discussions regarding EU tariffs on Chinese exports.

"What I suggested to my Chinese partners today is that the doors are open for discussions and I hope that this message was heard," he said in his first statement in Shanghai, after meetings with Chinese officials in Beijing, Reuters reported.

Habeck's visit is the first by a senior European official since Brussels proposed hefty duties on imports of Chinese-made electric vehicles (EVs) to combat what the EU considers excessive subsidies.

Habeck said there is time for a dialogue between the EU and China on tariff issues before the duties come into full effect in November and that he believes in open markets but that markets require a level playing field.

Proven subsidies that are intended to increase the export advantages of companies can't be accepted, the minister said.

Another point of tension between Beijing and Berlin is China's support for Russia in its war in Ukraine. Habeck noted Chinese trade with Russia increased more than 40% last year.

Habeck said he had told Chinese officials that this was taking a toll on their economic relationship. "Circumventions of the sanctions imposed on Russia are not acceptable," he said, adding that technical goods produced in Europe should not end up on the battlefield via other countries.