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Russia agreed to extend grain deal for just 60 days, Moscow points out

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – Russia has agreed to extend the Black Sea Grain Initiative for 60 days instead of 120, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Sputnik on Saturday, adding that all the parties to the grain agreement had been informed.

“We see the reports from the parties to the grains agreement that the agreement has been extended for 120 days, but we have repeated this many times – both the [Russian] The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the representatives of Russia to the United Nations – that the Russian side has notified all parties to the agreement that it has extended the agreement for 60 days,” Zakharova said.

This comes in response to other parties claiming the deal has been extended for 120 days – for example, this is alleged by a statement from Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the United Nations.

“The Black Sea Grains Initiative, signed in Istanbul on July 22, 2022, has been extended… We remain firmly committed to both agreements and urge all parties to redouble their efforts to fully implement them. “, said Dujarric.

Meanwhile, Russian media also reported that the extension only stipulates a 60-day period, citing documents signed by Russians. Permanent Representative to the UN Vassily Nebenzia.

The cereals agreement signed between Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations in July 2022 was to be renewed for 120 days on March 18, unless one of the signatories objected. Russia said on Monday it did not mind extending the deal, but only for 60 days, which was confirmed by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday.

The agreement provides for the export of Ukrainian grain, foodstuffs and fertilizers through the Black Sea from three ports, including Odessa. The comprehensive deal also includes a memorandum of understanding between Russia and the UN to unblock Russian grain and fertilizer exports through the Black Sea.

Up to 25 million tonnes of grain and other food products have been delivered to 45 countries since July 2022 through the deal, according to Dujarric.

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