March 14, 2023 08:58 GMT
Kyiv Says It Has No Update On Grain Deal, Turkey Calls On Parties To Renew Agreement
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Ukraine's Infrastructure Ministry said it has no update on any grain deal extension, while Turkey's Defence Ministry called on parties to renew the agreement after TASS news agency cited a Russian official as suggesting that the deal has been extended by 60 days.
- A spokesperson for the Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry said that Kyiv had no update on the grain deal, while a senior Ukrainian government official told Reuters that the country was planning to "strictly" follow the terms of a 120-day extension of the deal signed last year.
- Turkish Defence Ministry commented in a statement that Ankara continues talks to renew the Black Sea Grain Initiative "in accordance with the agreement while taking into account the parties' demands," adding that Russia supports a 60-day extension.
- Russia said this morning that it has agreed to renew the agreement for 60 days but admitted that "formally, negotiations on the deal are ongoing" and for now "nothing changes for us, we will work hard and force our partners to fulfill their obligations."