On Tuesday, Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, met with the second and current Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in Tehran, indicating closer ties between the two nations. Later, Putin met with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, to restart grain exports from Ukraine. Foreign policy adviser of the Russian president, Yuri Ushakov, told reporters that the relations with Khamenei are significant on bilateral and international agenda.
Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, had conversations with Ebrahim Raisi, the President of Iran, and the Iranian Supreme Leader to discuss the pressing issue of conflict in Syria, calling the talks useful & quite substantive.#PutinMeetRaisi #PutinMeetErdogan #Russia #syria pic.twitter.com/xlL0qQNyaJ
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Russia is currently facing Western economic sanctions for its aggression against Ukraine, and Moscow is trying to bolster relations with China, India, and Iran. On the other hand, Tehran is also facing economic sanctions from the West, and current clashes with the U.S. over Iran’s nuclear program, so it also expressed hope for stronger ties with Moscow. Ebrahim Raisi, the President of Iran, said that both nations have good experience in countering terrorism after meeting with the Russian president.
President Putin’s bilateral dialogs with Erdogan aimed at a strategy to get Ukrainian grain exports moving again. Later this week, the United Nations (U.N.), Ukraine, Turkey, and Russia will likely sign an agreement intended to resume grain shipments from Ukraine across the Black Sea. On Monday, Farhan Haq, the spokesman for the United Nations, told reporters that there had been a positive development in the talks between the United Nations, Ukraine, Russia, and Turkey.
Price Cap on Russian Oil Exports
On Monday, Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres talked with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the phone to discuss the talks. Furthermore, United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen demanded a price cap on Russian oil exports while encouraging nations to unite against the Russian attack on Ukraine. Yellen said Russia weaponized economic integration globally and threatened to spark a global food catastrophe by blocking Ukrainian ports.
On Tuesday, Ukrainian military officials said that Russian attacks continued in several regions of the country, including bombardment in Mykolaiv, a missile attack in Odesa, and shelling in Sumy. In addition, the Defense Ministry of the United Kingdom said Moscow may still make more territorial gains as it pursues its indicated aim of taking control of all of Donetsk province in the eastern Donbas region of Ukraine.
Two days after the Zelensky suspension of Ukrainian officials, the Ukrainian parliament voted yesterday to dismiss Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova and the top security chief. However, the State Department statement said that Antony Blinken reiterated that the U.S. would continue to support Ukrainians to overcome significant humanitarian and economic challenges it faces.