March 18 is the deadline for the grain deal. When, after weeks of negotiations on its extension, everything seemed to be clear, on Saturday there were inaccuracies.
As part of the so-called Grain Initiative, 23 million tons of agricultural products have been transported to date. The deal expires on March 18, raising questions about its future. In early March, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it would extend the agreement on one condition. Later, Anotniu Guterres and Vladimir Zelensky turned to the Russian authorities, fearing a breakdown or a complete stop of transport.
The grain contract has been extended. However, it is not known how long
Finally, on March 13, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister announced the extension of the agreement. “We do not object to yet another expansion of the so-called grain initiative, but only for 60 days,” Sergey Vershinin said.
Just when it seemed that everything was clear, on the day of the expiration of the contract, a discrepancy appeared. “Russia has notified all parties to the grain agreement that it agrees to extend this agreement for 60 days,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday.
This information was confirmed by the President of Turkey, but did not specify the duration of the next agreement. “The grain corridor agreement expires today. Based on the results of negotiations with both sides, we have achieved its extension,” Erdogan said.
Grain deal disagreements
Earlier, on March 17, Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya at a meeting of the organization’s Security Council said that within 60 days, for which the agreement was extended, the West should remove all restrictions on the export of Russian agricultural products. – part of the agreement, which, according to the Russian side, is being implemented.
However, the Russian “Kommersant” indicates that the Turkish TV channel Haberturk announced a different date. There, the term of the grain agreement was extended by 120 days. The data for 120 days was also provided by the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov.
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