UN calls for extension of Black Sea grain deal

Ukraine (, - The UN called on all parties to make every effort to extend the Black Sea Grain Initiative, as well as to remove the remaining obstacles to the export of Russian food and fertilizers, UN Secretary General Stéphane Dujarric said in a comment.

“We call parties to make every effort to restart the Black Sea Grain Initiative and implement both agreements (on Ukrainian food exports across the Black Sea and Russian fertilizer and food exports respectively) to the fullest extent possible, including the speedy removal of any remaining obstacles to Russian grain and fertilizer exports,” Dujarric said.

According to him, the UN is ready to continue working with all parties to achieve this goal.

“We do not underestimate the difficulties, but we know that they can be overcome,” the representative of the Secretary General said.

Governments, shipping companies, grain and fertilizer traders, and farmers around the world are now waiting for "the certainty of the future," he added.

In Istanbul on July 22, two interrelated documents were signed to address the problems of supplying food and fertilizers to world markets. Documents are a single package. The first one, the memorandum, assumes the obligations of the United Nations to remove various restrictions on the export of Russian agricultural products and fertilizers to world markets. The second defines the algorithm for the export of Ukrainian agricultural products from the Black Sea ports controlled by Ukraine.

As Moscow points out, in terms of exports from Russia, the deal is not yet working. The grain deal expires on November 19, but the prospects for its extension are still unclear.

UN calls for extension of Black Sea grain deal