Erdogan announces extension of grain deal

“After the talks with Ukraine and Russia, we secured the extension of the agreement that would end on March 19,” the Turkish head of state assured.

An expected speech. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced this Saturday, March 18, the extension of the international agreement on the export of Ukrainian grains, during a televised speech, without specifying the duration. Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov, for his part, welcomed this announcement and indicated that the agreement was being extended for 120 days.

“The Black Sea Grain Initiative is being extended by 120 days. We thank Antonio Guterres, the United Nations, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, (Turkish Defense Minister) Hulusi Akar and all our partners for confirming this agreement,” he tweeted. Russia has not yet confirmed the extension.

“After talks with the two sides (Ukraine and Russia), we secured the extension of the agreement which was due to end on March 19,” the Turkish head of state had previously confirmed. Ankara previously said it hoped for a 120-day extension, while Russia pushed for 60 days. “This agreement is vital to the global food supply. I thank Russia and Ukraine who spared no expense for another extension of the agreement, as well as the Secretary-General of the United Nations,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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