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Future of Black Sea Grain Initiative is uncertain

Moscow, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) The talks to extend the Black Sea Grain Initiative beyond March 18th are at a standstill, the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry stated.

On July 22nd, 2022, Russia, Türkiye and the UN signed an agreement to provide for the export of grain and fertilizers from Ukraine in the midst of hostilities. Representatives of the Ukrainian government signed a similar document with Ankara and representatives of the United Nations. In addition, Moscow signed a memorandum with the UN to facilitate the export of Russian fertilizers and agricultural products to international markets.

A Joint Coordination Center was installed in Istanbul in the context of the Black Sea Grain Initiative in order to ensure the safety of bulk carriers transporting grain from Ukraine and to carry out the relevant inspections.

On August 1st, after a break of more than five months, the first ship loaded with grain left Ukraine. On November 17th, the agreement was extended for another 120 days, until March 18th.

Since the movement of ships began, the traffic of cereals and other food through the Black Sea corridor exceeded 22.8 million tons, according to the UN. Corn and wheat accounted for 49 and 28 percent of supplies, respectively.

Although Türkiye and the UN have not suspended negotiations, uncertainty remains about the future of the Agreement, as no guarantees of access to international markets have been provided for Russian ammonia and agricultural products, the Sputnik news agency reported.

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, accused the West of burying the humanitarian initiative of the United Nations by putting obstacles to the export of Russian fertilizers and agricultural products.


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