The leaders of Russia and Turkey confirmed on Monday that they are exploring a possible cooperation with Qatar for the export of Russian grain.

Any such deal, however, would be tightly circumscribed to supplying a specific volume of the commodity to poor African countries, they said.

“We do not consider joint work with Turkey and, possibly, with Qatar to supply one million tons of grain as an alternative to the [UN-led] Black Sea grain deal,” Russian president Vladimir Putin said in joint press statements with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.