Grain export deal: Russia says it agrees to 60-day extension



AA / Moscow / Ömer Aşur Çuhadar

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that Moscow had agreed to extend an agreement on grain exports via the Black Sea for 60 days.

“The Russian Federation has agreed to extend the agreement by 60 days,” Maria Zakharova, a Russian diplomatic spokeswoman, said in a statement carried by local news agencies.

According to him, Russia informed all interested parties about the 60-day extension of the agreement through personal correspondence and not only orally.

On the other hand, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Alexander Kubrakov extended it by 120 days.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “After our talks with the two sides (Russian and Ukrainian, editor’s note) we have ensured the continuation of the agreement,” without specifying a timeframe.

On July 22, 2022, under the auspices of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and the United Nations signed the “Document on the Initiative for the Safe Shipment of Grain and Food Products from Ukrainian Ports”.

The agreement guarantees the provision of grain exports blocked in Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea (Eastern Europe) to deal with the world food crisis.

The international agreement on Ukrainian grain exports expires this Saturday. It was earlier extended for 120 days from November 19, 2022.

*Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail

Source: AA

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