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We unload Ukrainian grain from a barge in the Black Sea port of Constanta, Romania. Archive photo

Progress in talks to revive grain deal unlikely

ANKARA, November 11 – RIA Novosti. A knowledgeable diplomatic source in Ankara told RIA Novosti that progress in negotiations on the restart of the Black Sea Grain Initiative is unlikely to be achieved in the near future, but Turkey and the UN continue to work in this direction.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova had previously said that the Black Sea initiative for Ukrainian grain exports will start working with the lifting of sanctions against Russian companies.

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The agency’s interlocutor said, “Work in this direction continues on behalf of both us and the UN.”

When asked whether it was possible to make progress in the negotiations in the coming days, the source noted that “the negotiation process is complicated due to the principled positions of the parties.”

“Progress is unlikely anytime soon, but work continues,” he said.

The Black Sea Initiative, signed by representatives of Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UN on July 22, 2022, envisaged the export of Ukrainian grain and food, as well as fertilizers, to the Black Sea from three ports, including Odessa. The grain agreement expired on July 18 after the Russian Federation notified Turkey, Ukraine and the UN of its objection to the extension of the agreement. Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that the terms of the agreement regarding Russia have not been fulfilled despite the efforts of the UN, as Western countries will not fulfill their promises. Putin has repeatedly stated that the West exports most of Ukrainian grain to its own states, and the main goal of the agreement – to provide grain to countries in need, including African countries – has never been realized.

The grain initiative is an integral part of the package agreement. The second part – the Russia-UN memorandum, designed for three years – provides for the removal of the obstacle to Russian food and fertilizer exports; the main tasks include the reconnection of Rosselkhozbank to SWIFT, the resumption of the supply of agricultural machinery, spare parts and agricultural machinery. service, restoration of the Tolyatti – Odessa ammonia pipeline and a number of other measures. As Moscow has repeatedly stated, this part of the package agreement has not been implemented.

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