Russia agrees to extend Black Sea Grain Initiative by 60 days

Russia agreed to extend a Ukraine grain export deal by 60 days after talks with UN representatives in Geneva on Monday

Russia has no objections against the extension of the Black Sea Grain Initiative but for sixty days only, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin told reporters on Monday after consultations with UN representatives, Turanews.kz reports.

“The Russian side, noting the package nature of the Istanbul agreements proposed by UN Secretary General António Guterres, does not object to another extension of the Black Sea initiative after the expiration of the second term on March 18, but only for 60 days,” Vershinin said.

The Black Sea Grain Initiative, brokered between Russia and Ukraine by the United Nations and Türkiye last July, aimed to prevent a global food crisis by allowing Ukrainian grain blockaded by Russia to be safely exported from three Ukrainian ports.


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