Russia and Ukraine extend grain deal despite disagreement

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UN vessel  brings nutrient  alleviation  from Ukraine to drought-hit Horn of Africa successful  DjiboutiImage source, Reuters

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The UN says astir 25 cardinal tonnes of atom person near Ukraine nether the deal

A woody allowing Ukraine to export millions of tonnes of atom done the Black Sea contempt the ongoing struggle with Russia has been extended.

But it is unclear however agelong it volition last, with Ukraine pushing for 120 days, and Russia calling for 60 days.

Russia has warned it volition not let the woody to spell connected longer unless sanctions against Moscow are softened.

The UN and Turkey helped broker the export statement past July pursuing fears of a planetary nutrient crisis.

Ukraine is 1 of the world's apical producers of grain, but its entree to ports successful the Black Sea was blocked by Russian warships pursuing the penetration successful February past year.

Countries that endure with nutrient insecurity, specified arsenic Yemen, trust heavy connected these supplies.

Turkish President Recep Tayyup Erdogan announced an statement connected extending the woody connected Saturday, with hours to spell earlier it was owed to expire.

"This woody is of captious value for the planetary nutrient supply. I convey Russia and Ukraine, who didn't spare their efforts for a caller extension, arsenic good arsenic the United Nations caput general," helium said.

But neither Mr Erdogan nor the UN clarified however agelong it would last. Ukraine wanted it to beryllium extended for 120 days, but Russia said it was lone consenting to renew the pact for different 60 days.

Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's ambassador to the UN, said connected Friday that the EU, UK and US had 2 months to region immoderate sanctions targeting Russia's cultivation assemblage if they wanted the woody to continue.

Moscow wants Russian producers to beryllium capable to export much nutrient and fertiliser to the remainder of the world, but says Western sanctions are preventing them.

While nutrient and fertiliser exports person not been targeted, Russia says restrictions connected payments, insurers and shippers makes exports difficult.

Russia concisely withdrew from the woody successful November past year, accusing Ukraine of attacking its fleet successful the Crimea - but it re-joined a fewer days later.

According to the UN, the woody has already allowed astir 25 cardinal tonnes of foodstuffs from Ukraine's Black Sea ports scope planetary markets.

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