15 July 2023
President Ramaphosa and President Putin discuss Black Sea Grain Initiative
President Ramaphosa had a telephone conversation with President Vladimir Putin today following the call the President had with UNSG Antonio Guterres about the ongoing negotiations between Russia and the UN about the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
The discussions also revolved around the African Leaders Peace Mission and the need for a permanent and sustainable solution to the movement of grain from Russia and Ukraine to the international markets.
As part of ongoing engagements on the conflict in Ukraine and the Black Sea Grain Initiative, President Ramaphosa also held a telephone discussion with President Zelenskyy on Thursday, 13 July 2023.
President Ramaphosa will have further discussions with both leaders and the UN Secretary General about these matters.
Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President – 082 835 6315
Issued by: The Presidency