Extension for 120 days received by black sea grain agreement, which was to expire today, as announced by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Ukraine thanked the UN and Turkey for this agreement that facilitates the export of Ukrainian agricultural products.

“The agreement on the grain corridor was supposed to expire today. As a result of our talks with both sides, we secured an extension of the agreement,” Erdogan said during a speech in the western Turkish city of Canakkale, without specifying how long it would last. agreed extension.

However, Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said the agreement was extended for 120 days.

The deal to unblock Ukrainian grain exports from the Black Sea following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was brokered by Turkey last July with the United Nations acting as an observer. It was renewed in November for another 120 days to combat a global food crisis triggered, in part, by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 and its blockade of Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea.

Russia had called for the agreement to be extended for only 60 days, half the year of the previous extension, while Ukraine insisted on a 120-day extension.

“(Black Sea Grains Initiative) agreement extended for 120 days. Thanks to (UN Secretary General Antonio) Guterres, UN, President Erdogan, Minister Hulusi Akar & all our partners for keeping the agreements,” he added.