May 29, 2023
Dry cargo ship with grain
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The Joint Coordinating Center (JCC) failed to reach an agreement on issuing permits for new vessels to participate in the grain deal, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, said. writes May 5 RIA Novosti.

“Today, SKC has not reached an agreement on issuing permission for the participation of new vessels in the Black Sea Grain Initiative. SKC continues its daily inspection work on vessels whose participation was approved earlier,” Haq informed.

The Black Sea Grain Initiative, adopted in July 2022 by Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UN, involves the export of grain, food and fertilizer from Ukraine along the Black Sea from three ports. The Joint Coordination Center located in Istanbul is responsible for coordinating vessel movements.

In September 2022, the Russian leader said that Western countries exported most of the Ukrainian grain to their states, and not to needy countries in Africa. From March 18, 2023, Moscow extended the deal for 60 days – until May 18, Ukraine says that the deal has been extended for 120 days.

Earlier today, on May 5, Deputy Spokesperson of the UN Secretary General Farhan Haq said that a high-level meeting will be held in Istanbul next week on the topic “grain deal”.

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