kyiv immediately praised this extension, saying that it had been negotiated for a period of one hundred and twenty days. For his part, Moscow says he has accepted an extension of only sixty days.
The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the UN announced, on Saturday March 17, the extension of the International Agreement on the export of Ukrainian cereals, concluded in July 2022 to temper the global food crisis born of the ‘invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
“This agreement has vital importance for global food supply. I thank Russia and Ukraine, who have not spared their efforts for a new extension of the agreement, as well as the Secretary General of Nations United. “
kyiv immediately praised this extension, saying that it had been negotiated for a period of one hundred and twenty days. Neither the Turkish president nor the UN had given details as to the duration of the extension. Ankara had previously asserted to hope for an extension of a hundred and twenty days, while Russia insisted for sixty days.
Meanwhile, Moscow said she had accepted an extension of the agreement for only sixty days, and not one hundred and twenty as kyiv said. “We see declarations of the various parties according to which” the grain agreement “has been extended by one hundred and twenty days,” said the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Russian, Maria Zakharova, quoted by the Russian agency Interfax, Adding:
“We have repeated several times that (…) the Russian part had informed all the stakeholders that the agreement was extended by sixty days.”
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“We express our gratitude to the Government of Turkey for diplomatic and operational support,” the spokesman of the UN Secretary General said Stéphane Dujarric in a statement. “We thank Antonio Guterres, the United Nations, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Minister of Turkish Defense], Hulusi Akar, as well as all our partners, for having confirmed this agreement,” said the Minister of Infrastructure on Twitter Ukrainian, Olexandr Kubrakov.
“The main challenge is to accelerate the inspections of ships in Turkey. This will allow the world to obtain even more Ukrainian agricultural products. We also continue to work to add ports from the Mykolaïv region to the cereal initiative And to the expansion of the range of goods “, he added in a message shared on Facebook .
twenty-five million tonnes of exported cereals
The Black Sea Cereal Initiative signed in July 2022 by Ukraine, Russia and Turkey, with the help of the UN, attenuated the global food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine by allowing the ‘Export of nearly 25 million tonnes of corn, wheat and other cereals.