The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, arrived today in Kiev where he will meet with the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, to discuss the renewal of the cereal export agreement.
“The [UN] Secretary General is in Kiev. Later he will meet with Volodymyr Zelensky to talk about the Black Sea Grain Initiative (…), as well as [about] other relevant matters”, said António Guterres’ office in a message broadcast through the network social twitter.
This is the third visit that Guterres has made to Ukraine since the new invasion of Russia that started last year. This lasts until Thursday.
Ukrainian sources noted on Tuesday that negotiations to expand the pact had already started “but not directly with Russia”.
Ukraine had previously shown openness and intention to extend the agreement “at least for another year” to guarantee the stability of exporters and importers and to achieve the inclusion of the port city of Mikolaiv.
The agreement reached in July 2022 between Moscow and Kiev on the export of cereals ends on March 18, as established, but the United Nations insists on extending the deadline to guarantee world food security.
The UN estimates that the export of 23 million tons of goods has already been achieved in three Ukrainian ports, with a practically constant flow of incoming and outgoing ships.