Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov thanked Türkiye on Wednesday for its contributions to increase the Black Sea Grain Initiative, because the expiration date nears.
“Grateful to Türkiye because the signatory of the Black Sea Grain Initiative and personally to (Turkish Protection) Minister Hulusi Akar for unwavering adherence to the beforehand signed settlement and help of the extension for 120 days,” Kubrakov wrote on Twitter.
Akar advised journalists earlier that Ankara started negotiations on extending the deal and its hopes to resolve the difficulty in a optimistic manner “as quickly as doable.”
“We began negotiations with the concept of extending the grain hall for an additional 120 days consistent with the preliminary model of the settlement. Our mates with the Russian and Ukrainian sides held talks on the technical stage. We additionally proceed our talks on the ministerial stage,” he stated. “The events will consider them and make their choice.”
Türkiye, the U.N., Russia and Ukraine signed the deal in Istanbul final July to renew grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports, which had been paused after the Russia-Ukraine struggle started in February. The deal was prolonged for 120 days in November.
Russia stated it backs a 60-day extension to the landmark deal. Ukraine, nevertheless, stated Moscow’s place to increase the deal “just for 60 days contradicts the doc.”