Turkey’s defense minister believes Black Sea grain initiative will be extended Ship’s crew

ANKARA, March 12 (Reuters) – Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Sunday he believed a deal allowing Ukrainian grain to be exported across the Black Sea would be extended from its current March 18 deadline.

The Black Sea Grains Initiative, brokered between Russia and Ukraine by the United Nations and Turkey last July, aimed to prevent a global food crisis by safely exporting Ukrainian grain blocked by the Russian invasion from three Ukrainian ports could become.

The deal was extended by 120 days in November and will renew on March 18 if neither party objects. However, Moscow has already signaled that it will only agree to an extension if restrictions affecting its own exports are lifted.

Turkey has previously said it is working hard to extend the deal. “In separate talks with the Russian and Ukrainian sides, we saw that both sides are approaching this positively. We believe it will end positively,” Akar said in an interview with the state-run Anadolu Agency.

“We believe that the term will be extended on March 18,” he added.

Russia’s agricultural exports have not been specifically targeted by the West, but Moscow says sanctions on its payments, logistics and insurance industries are a barrier to exporting its own grain and fertilizer.

Russia has complained that Ukrainian grain exported under the deal is going to wealthy countries.

Ukraine and Russia are both major global suppliers of grain and fertilizers.

(Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Sharon Singleton)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2023.

Related Articles

Back to top button

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Don't miss new updates on your email