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Biden issued statement on grain deal


US President Joe Biden said he would extend the agreement on the export of Grains and fertilizers via Ukraine's ports for the benefit of Africa and "peoples around the world".

"We continue to support the extension of the agreement agreed under the auspices of the United Nations to promote Ukrainian grain exports, which will benefit not only Africa but also peoples around the world," Biden said at US-Africa held in Washington -summit.

The grain agreement signed on July 22 by representatives of Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UN includes the export of Ukrainian Grains, food and fertilizer across the Black Sea from three ports, including Odessa. The Joint Coordination Center (SCC) in Istanbul is responsible for coordinating shipping traffic.

The contract expired on November 18, but implied an automatic extension of 120 days in the absence of objections from either party. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that “no such objections were received”, while noting that the Russian side allows the technical extension of the “Black Sea Initiative” for the export of Ukrainian grain without any changes in terms of timing and coverage.

The deal itself is part of a package deal that includes unlocking Russian food and fertilizer exports - Moscow noted was not the case. The United Nations gave assurances that the restrictions would be lifted.

Source: Premium (Russian)

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