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The maritime export of Ukrainian grain will continue, says Kubrakov

The Grain Deal was unblocked. The parties agreed to extend it until July 18, said Oleksandr Kubrakov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Restoration of Ukraine.

Quote"The world will continue to receive Ukrainian products thanks to the efforts made by our partners in the deal, Turkey and the UN. It should be noted that the Grain Initiative has been and remains in force since it was prolonged in May by 120 days until July 18," Kubrakov explained.

At the same time, he recalled that from mid-April, Russia began to unreasonably impede the work of the Grain Corridor, and in May it actually blocked it, refusing to register vessels headed to Ukrainian ports for loading.

Nearly 70 vessels are currently waiting for permission to pass through Turkish territorial waters.

Quote"We hope that our partners will make every effort for the Grain Deal to start fully working for global food security and that Russia will finally stop weaponizing food and using it for blackmail," Kubrakov said.

Andrii Klymenko, head of the Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies, believes that the "Erdoğan factor" is what has finally worked.

Quote"On the one hand, we have always said that the Grain Deal is 99% Erdoğan. On the other hand, we didn’t expect Russia to yield 11 days before the runoff presidential election in Turkey," he wrote.

Moscow believes that Erdoğan can win and gives him one more ace to play in his presidential campaign. It’s even two aces, the second being the negotiated escape of Turkish vessels stuck in the ports of the Mykolaiv region since February 24, 2022. There are seven of these vessels there. However, there are seven more Turkish vessels in the Kherson port, but they haven’t been discussed.

Quote"The main question is, what "perks" Erdoğan promised to Putin personally? The unrestricted re-export of sanctioned goods through Turkey? Any other option isn’t quite a match on that scale," Klymenko summarized.

Context. On the evening of May 17, Turkish President Erdoğan confirmed that the Grain Deal had been extended by two months. In addition, according to him, Mykolaiv was included in the Grain Corridor.

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