Ukraine, Russia Extend Grain Deal
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent
BUDAPEST (Worthy News) – Ukraine and Russia have agreed to prolong the United Nations-brokered grain deal for another 120 days, Worthy News monitored.
In comments on the social network platform, Twitter Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov called it “another important step in the global fight against the food crisis.”
The deal, agreed earlier in Turkey, seeks to ease worldwide food shortages by helping Ukraine export its agricultural products from Black Sea ports.
The agreement, initially reached in July, created a protected transit corridor allowing exports to resume from three ports in Ukraine, a major producer of grains and oilseeds.
“I welcome the agreement by all parties to continue the Black Sea grain initiative to facilitate the safe navigation of export of grain, foodstuffs, and fertilizers from Ukraine,” said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday.
The U.N., he added, was also “fully committed to removing the remaining obstacles to exporting food and fertilizers from [Russia]”- a part of the deal Moscow sees as critical.
Russia’s foreign ministry confirmed the deal’s extension for four months starting from November 18, without any changes to the current one.
The accord is seen as crucial in efforts to limit the global impact of the war, with millions facing starvation linked to higher food and energy prices as well as shortages.
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