There Is No Consensus on Extending Grain Deal, Istanbul Talks Are Crucial

A harvester collects wheat in Semikarakorsky District of Rostov-on-Don region near Semikarakorsk, Southern Russia, Wednesday, July 6, 2022. Russia is the world’s biggest exporter of wheat, accounting for almost a fifth of global shipments. It is expected to have one of its best ever crop seasons this year. Agriculture is among the most important industries in Russia, accounting for around 4% of its GDP, according to the World Bank. (AP Photo)InternationalIndiaAfricaANKARA (Sputnik) – Talks on extending the Black Sea grain deal in Istanbul will be crucial, there is no consensus yet, a source familiar with the talks told Sputnik. When asked whether the Istanbul talks would be crucial for the deal extension, the insider detailed that it would indeed prove critical. “Yes,” the source said.However, the unidentified official admitted that there is no consensus at present. “No, there is no progress yet,” the source said. “Technical delegations have discussed various options that will be discussed already at a high level. Let’s hope that the discussions will lead to a consensus.”Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin earlier said a high-level meeting on the grain deal will be held in Istanbul in a four-party format on May 10-11. Istanbul Grain DealMoscow: High-Level Meeting on Grain Deal to Be Held in Istanbul on May 10-11Yesterday, 09:08 GMTRussia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN reached an agreement on July 22, 2022, to provide a humanitarian maritime corridor for ships carrying food and fertilizer exports from Ukrainian Black Sea ports. On March 18, 2023, Russia extended the deal for 60 days, until May 18.


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