UN, Turkey: Russia-Ukraine grain export deal extended

The United Nations and Turkey have announced that the Russia-Ukraine grain export deal has been extended. But they did not specify for how long.

The UN and Turkey brokered the deal to ensure the safe passage of ships exporting Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea. The agreement was set to expire on Saturday.

On that day, the UN and Turkey announced the extension in separate statements.

After it was announced, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on social media that Moscow had agreed to a 60-day extension.

The agreement covered a 120-day period. Moscow proposed an extension of 60 days. It said Russian agricultural exports remain limited.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov tweeted that the deal has been extended for 120 days.

The discrepancy has raised concerns about the future of the agreement. This all comes as the world continues to face the risk of food shortages.