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Russia has proposed extending the grain deal for 60 days

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Within two months, Russia will review the implementation of the UN agreement on unblocking the export of its agricultural products and fertilizers, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Russia is not opposed to extending the grain deal, but only for 60 days. This is what Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Vershinin said after consultations with UN representatives in Geneva, TASS reports on Monday, March 13.

“The Russian side, paying attention to the nature of the agreements in Istanbul proposed by the Secretary General of the UN António Guterres, does not oppose another extension of the Black Sea initiative after the expiration of the second term in March 18, but only for 60 days,” he said and admitted that the consultations in Geneva were not easy.

Vershinin added that within two months Russia will review the implementation of the UN agreement on unblocking the export of its agricultural products and fertilizers to world markets.

“Our further position will be determined depending on the real – not in words, but in deeds – progress in terms of exports from Russia to the world market, as discussed at the beginning. We are talking about removal of restrictions that hinder our exports, and the implementation of declared exceptions to sanctions, which are often discussed in Washington, Brussels and London,” added the Russian diplomat.

As you know, the grain deal ended in July 2022 and was extended for 120 days in November. His term expires this week – March 18. Ukraine is in favor of extending the deal for a year at the same time and extending its operation at the port of Nikolaev.

Remember that Russia blocks the inspection of grain ships in the Bosphorus. As a result, in January, the export of Ukrainian agricultural products fell by 25% compared to December.

Last week in Kyiv, President Volodymyr Zelensky and UN Secretary-General António Guterres supported the extension of the grain deal.

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Source: korrespondent

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