Ukraine and Russia are “moving towards” an agreement on extending the United Nations-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative, Turkey's Defense Ministry said in a statement Friday.
“First information coming from the meeting is that it progressed positively. We are moving toward an agreement to extend the grain corridor,” the ministry said in a statement.
The current deal, which enables the safe export of Ukrainian grain through the countries' Black Sea ports, was renewed for 60 days in March and is set to expire on May 18.
“The Black Sea agreement which was signed with the help of Turkey has allowed more than 30 million tons of grain to be exported to countries that need it,” the Turkish Defense Ministry statement added.
“What does this mean? Preventing hunger and preserving stability.”