A deal has been extended to secure the international export of Ukrainian grain to combat a global food crisis.
Black Sea grain deal extended, say parties to agreement
A deal allowing the export of Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports that was due to expire has been renewed, following days of talks brokered by Turkey to extend the agreement.
The pact was brokered with Russia and Ukraine by the United Nations and Turkey in July – and renewed for a further 120 days in November – to combat a global food crisis that was fuelled in part by Russia’s February 24, 2022, invasion of Ukraine and Black Sea blockade.
“The Black Sea Grain Initiative, signed in Istanbul on 22 July 2022, has been extended,” the United Nations said in a statement on Saturday, thanking the Turkish government for its diplomatic and operational support of the deal.
“The deal for the grain corridor was due to expire today. As a result of our talks with the two sides, we have secured an extension to this deal,” Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in the western city of Canakkale.