G7 countries call on Russia to extend grain deal

G7 countries call on Russia to extend grain deal

UPDATE DAY

G7 nations are calling on Russia to extend the soon-to-expire Ukrainian grain export deal, a senior US diplomat said on Friday. 

“Everyone agrees on the need to extend the Black Sea grain agreement”, this diplomat told journalists on condition of anonymity on the sidelines of a meeting of foreign ministers of the G7 in Münster, Germany.

He said the G7 countries support UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' efforts to “convince Russia to extend the agreement”.

Grain exports from Ukrainian ports have resumed on Thursday, after Russia's return to the grain agreement signed at the end of July in Istanbul.

G7 countries call on Russia to extend grain deal

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This agreement, which expires on November 19, has enabled the export of 10 million tonnes of cereals and other agricultural products since August 1, alleviating the world food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine.

The heads of G7 diplomacy discussed at length their continued support for Ukraine during this meeting on Thursday and Friday, including through “a coordination mechanism within the G7 to repair, defend and restore infrastructure energy” damaged by the Russian strikes, according to the same source.

On Thursday, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock declared at the opening of the meeting that the G7 countries would not allow “the brutality of this war will lead to the mass death of elderly people and children, young people or families in the coming winter months”.

Many Ukrainian cities, including the capital kyiv, are suffering these recent weeks of bombardments which particularly target civilian equipment, causing water and electricity cuts.

The Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba intervened the day before by videoconference to “take stock” of the situation tion in his country, confirmed the American diplomat.