The agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain is extended. A Turkish official who wished to remain anonymous confirmed this to the French news agency AFP on Thursday. However, the deal basically expired Friday night.

The official said that the agreement will be extended “under the same conditions” that have applied since July. According to the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure, the extension is 120 days.

Grain exports from Ukrainian ports via the Black Sea resumed in early November, following Russia’s return to the grain agreement signed in Istanbul at the end of July.

Since August 1, the deal has allowed more than 11 million tons of grain and other agricultural products to be exported, alleviating the global food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine.

The grain deal came about after long negotiations between Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the extension of the agreement on Thursday.

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