“Grain agreement” was extended for another 120 days: all that is known
The Grain Agreement has been extended for another 4 months, that is, 120 days. Earlier this was reported by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The agreement on the “grain initiative” has been extended for another 120 days, said Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov.
What was said in Russia
On March 14, Russian media, citing Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko, reported that the agreement had been extended “on preliminary terms.”
“It was agreed that it (the grain export agreement) has been extended for 60 days. Its package nature has been reaffirmed,” Grushko said.
According to him, its package nature has been confirmed, and Russia allegedly “will persistently strive to ensure that all obligations under the grain agreement are fulfilled.”
By the way, Putin's henchman, his press secretary Dmitry Peskov, cynically stated that “the extension of the” grain agreement “for 60 days is a goodwill gesture on the part of Russia, since the second part of it, concerning Russia, has not yet been fulfilled.”
Important! The day before, Ukraine stated that such a period is a violation, because the initiative provides for an extension of at least 120 days.
Consultations are still ongoing
At the same time, Reuters, citing the UN speaker, reports that consultations with all parties are still ongoing. The Turkish Defense Ministry also said that the negotiations were not completed.
AFP reported, citing the UN, that consultations on the extension of the Black Sea “grain initiative” are ongoing.
The United Nations will do everything possible to preserve the integrity of the agreement and ensure its continuity. Consultations … with all parties and at different levels continue,” said Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The UN has yet to make any predictions
Note that the agreement expires on Saturday, March 18th.
“This is a good agreement … It has a very good effect on world food prices, reducing them, providing food to the market in the right places,” the UN representative said.
However, it remains unclear what further consultations will lead to – Laerke replied that he could not say what to expect on March 18.
What preceded this
- On March 13, negotiations between Russia and the UN were held in Geneva to extend the grain agreement.
- Later, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin said that his country was ready to extend the grain agreement, but only for 60 days.