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Erdogan says Ukraine should soften stance to revive grain deal

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, speaking after meeting counterpart Vladimir Putin in Russia, said on Monday that Ukraine should soften its negotiating position against Russia in talks over reviving a grain export deal.

"Ukraine needs to especially soften its approaches in order for it to be possible for joint steps to be taken with Russia," Erdogan told reporters alongside Putin, after the leaders held a meeting in Sochi.

He said more grain needed to be destined for Africa rather than European countries.

The UN-and Turkey-brokered deal guaranteed exports from Ukrainian ports and lasted a year. But it ended in July when Moscow pulled out complaining that its own food and fertilizer exports faced obstacles.