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Turkey’s Erdogan caught repeatedly ‘dozing off’ in press conference

Turkey's Erdoğan listens to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic

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President Erdogan repeatedly seemed to be on the verge of falling asleep as Turkey’s leader listened to President Vucic address the media in the Serbian capital Belgrade. Footage taken at the press conference was shared widely online as viewers spotted Mr Erdogan “dozing off.” 

Abdullah Bozkurt, Director of the Nordic Research & Monitoring Network shared the clip on Twitter, commenting: “Turkey’s President Erdogan kept dozing off during a joint press event with his host Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade yesterday.”

The Turkish President had said on Thursday he wanted grain from Russia to be exported too, adding Vladimir Putin was right to complain that grain from Ukraine under a UN backed deal was going to wealthy rather than poor countries.

The grain-export agreement aimed to avert a global food crisis by guaranteeing the safe passage of ships in and out of Ukrainian ports, allowing them to export tens of millions of tonnes of grain that had been blockaded by Russia’s invasion.

The deal – signed by Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the United Nations – also facilitates Russian exports.

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“The fact that grain shipments are going to the countries that implement these sanctions (against Moscow) disturbs Mr Putin.

“We also want grain shipments to start from Russia,” Mr Erdogan said at a news conference with his Croatian counterpart.

“The grain that comes as part of this grain deal, unfortunately, goes to rich countries, not to poor countries,” Mr Erdogan said.

When Buckingham Palace the death of Elizabeth II on Thursday, Turkey’s President was one of the many world leaders to offer the UK their condolences.

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In a statement, Mr Erdogan said he was saddened to learn of Queen Elizabeth’s death and sent his deepest condolences to the royal family and the people and government of the United Kingdom.

Elizabeth died peacefully at her home in Scotland, aged 96.

Her eldest son Charles, 73, is now king.

People will be able to pay their respects to the Queen as the monarch’s coffin is expected to lie in rest for 24 hours at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.

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It is expected that members of the public will be allowed in to the church to file past the coffin when it resides there in about three days’ time.

The historic cathedral is situated on the city’s Royal Mile, halfway between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

A service will be held in the cathedral and the Queen’s children are expected to stage a vigil around the Queen’s coffin – known as the Vigil of the Princes – while it lies in there.

In a statement, the Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

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