The last ship will leave Ukraine’s Black Sea port on May 17 as part of a grain deal. On May 18, the contract expires, Reuters reports, citing a UN official.
Under the grain deal, about 30 million metric tons of grain and other cereals were exported from Ukraine, according to UN data. Including 600,000 metric tons of grain on World Food Program ships to help Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Yemen.
The Black Sea Grain Initiative was signed on July 22, 2022 by Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and the UN. The agreement covers the export of grain, food and fertilizer from three Ukrainian ports.
The last time the grain deal was extended was in March this year. Kyiv said the deal was extended for 120 days, Russia says it only agreed to a 60-day extension, until May 18. From tomorrow, Moscow will be able to withdraw from the agreement at the exit point, declaring that its terms are not respected.
Earlier it was reported that the grain deal will apparently be extended, but the Russian Federation may do so not to please the Ukrainian side, but to support Recep Erdogan in the election. The Turkish leader needs every gesture of help to win re-election as president.
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