Ankara is in talks to extend the grain deal, which expires on March 18. Turkey is discussing this issue with the UN, Russia and Ukraine, Defense Minister Hulusi Ankar said.
According to him, Kiev has already expressed its approval for the renewal of the agreement.
“Russia is also showing a positive approach to the initiative,” the minister said.
The Turkish department reported that since the beginning of the grain agreement, more than 34 million 400 thousand tons of agricultural products have been exported from Ukrainian ports. It was carried away by 790 ships. Europe received 40% of the food, Asia – 30%, Turkey – 13%, Africa – 12%, Southeast Asia – 5%.
The first export agreement was concluded in Istanbul on July 22, 2022 for 120 days. Then the agreement was extended for the same period.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said it didn’t work. About 262,000 tons of Russian fertilizer, which Moscow wanted to send free to the poorest countries, was blocked in the ports of the Baltic.
See also: “Peskov: Russia has many questions on the implementation of the grain agreement”
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