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Black Sea Grains Initiative has been extended by two months KXan 36 Daily News

Date: March 1, 2024 Time: 06:57:31

The “good news” was first reported by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “The agreement on the grain deal, concluded on July 22, 2022, expired tomorrow (May 18). It has been decided to extend the agreement on the Black Sea Grain Initiative for two months,” he said. According to the Turkish leader, this was possible thanks to the constructive approaches of Russia and Ukraine. As Erdogan assured, Ankara will make every effort to implement all the terms of the agreement.

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova confirmed the statement of the Turkish president. “Therefore, there is a possibility not in words, but in deeds to help ensure global food security, first of all, to help the countries most in need,” the diplomat noted. At the same time, Zakharova emphasized that “principle assessments of the Istanbul agreements have not changed.” “The distortions must be corrected as quickly as possible,” said the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, adding that experts will deal with this on an ongoing basis, as they do all the time. “We have reasons to work. On designated issues that are not closed and that represent problematic issues for us, work will continue. We proceeded from the need to implement the parameters that we declared, which were jointly agreed,” Zakharova said.

The Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, for his part, explained Moscow’s decision to accept an extension of the agreement in the hope that the problems raised by the Russian side would nevertheless be resolved. “And the sooner the better,” added the diplomat.

Moscow has repeatedly drawn attention to the fact that the extension of the Istanbul agreements is possible only if the interests of the Russian Federation are taken into account. The Russian side did not set any additional conditions. We are talking only about those items that were included in the agreements and were sealed by the obligations of the parties to this package. It includes not only the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which regulates the export of grain from Ukraine, but also a Russia-UN memorandum, which is designed to ensure access for Russian agricultural products to world markets. However, only the first part of this package of agreements has been implemented so far. And Rosselkhozbank is still under sanctions and has not reconnected to the SWIFT system, the supply of agricultural machinery and spare parts to the Russian Federation has been limited, and restrictions on insurance and port access against Russian ships and cargo have not been lifted.

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, acknowledged that “unresolved issues remain, the representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN will continue their discussion.” “I hope we reach a comprehensive agreement to improve, expand and extend the initiative,” he said.

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