Ships carrying Black Sea grain can pass through the Bosporus at least until May 18 following the latest agreement. The UN confirmed that the Black Sea Grain Initiative has been cleared, but the length of the extension is unclear. The original deal, brokered by the UN and Turkey, was signed by Ukraine and Russia on July 22, 2022, and was due to expire on March 19.
This new agreement allows designated Ukraine ports to safely export of grain, foodstuffs and fertilizers, including ammonia. Since July, last year, 25m metric tonnes of grain and foodstuffs have been shipped to 45 countries since it began.