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Grain agreement extended for another 120 days

Ukraine proposes to increase the number of ports from which it exports. A response to this initiative is expected.

Grain agreement extended for another 120 days
Photo: Infrastructure Ministry of Ukraine

In Istanbul, the grain agreement, according to which agricultural products are exported from Ukrainian ports, was extended for another 120 days, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine reported.

Zelenskyy tweeted that an agreement on the extension had been reached with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

"We are waiting for an official announcement from our partners - Turkey and the UN," he wrote.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has already confirmed the extension of the agreement.

"The Initiative for the Safe Transportation of Grain and Foodstuffs from Ukrainian ports has been extended for another 120 days. This decision has just been made in Istanbul. The United Nations and Turkey remain the guarantors of the Initiative," Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov said.

Ukraine has officially proposed to extend the Grain Initiative for at least a year and to include the Mykolayiv port in it. A response to the proposal is expected.

The Grain Initiative was launched because of the Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports.

The 120-day Grain Initiative, launched in July with the assistance of Turkey and the UN, expires in November. During this time, more than 10 million tons of Ukrainian agricultural products were delivered to countries that needed them, including those on the verge of famine. In addition to sales, Ukraine also sent grain free of charge as humanitarian aid, for example, to Somalia and Ethiopia.

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