Negotiations in Istanbul on the grain deal will be decisive, there is no consensus on its extension
ANKARA, May 10 – RIA Novosti. A knowledgeable source told RIA Novosti that negotiations on the grain deal in Istanbul will be decisive, there is no need to talk about any consensus yet.
The high-level meeting on the grain agreement will be held on May 10-11 in Istanbul in a four-way format.
The Ministry of National Defense spoke about the agenda of the meeting on the grain agreement
Asked whether the negotiations to be held in Istanbul will be decisive in the fate of the extension of the grain agreement, the agency’s interlocutor said, “Yes, it is.”
According to him, there is no need to talk about any compromise yet. “No, there is no progress yet. The technical committees have already discussed various options that will be discussed at high level. We hope the discussions reach a consensus,” the source said.
The Black Sea Grain Initiative, signed by the representatives of Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UN on July 22, 2022, includes agreements on the export of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea and the removal of Russian export, food and fertilizer barriers.
Russia extended the agreement for 60 days from March 18, 2023 – until May 18, Ukraine insists that the agreement was extended by 120 days.
Among the requirements of the Russian side are the reconnection of Rosselkhozbank to the international SWIFT transfer system and the re-starting of the Togliatti-Odessa ammonia pipeline. Moscow has repeatedly pointed out that agreements on these issues have not yet been implemented.
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