Ukraine thanked Türkiye on Wednesday for its support for the Black Sea Grain Initiative as the agreement, which was also signed by Russia and the UN, is due to expire Saturday.
“Grateful to Türkiye as the signatory of the Black Sea Grain Initiative and personally to (Turkish Defense) Minister Hulusi Akar for unwavering adherence to the previously signed agreement and support of the extension for 120 days,” Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov wrote on Twitter.
Türkiye’s attempt to extend the deal
Akar told journalists earlier that Ankara began negotiations on extending the deal and its hopes to resolve the issue in a positive way “as soon as possible.”
“We started negotiations with the idea of extending the grain corridor for another 120 days in line with the initial version of the agreement. Our friends with the Russian and Ukrainian sides held talks at the technical level. We also continue our talks at the ministerial level,” he said. “The parties will evaluate them and make their decision.”
The agreement was signed in Istanbul
Türkiye, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine signed the deal in Istanbul last July to resume grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports, which were paused after the Russia-Ukraine war began in February. The deal was extended for 120 days in November.
Russia said it backs a 60-day extension to the landmark deal. Ukraine, however, said Moscow’s position to extend the deal “only for 60 days contradicts the document.”