Turkey’s Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar has said that he will propose extending the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which established a humanitarian maritime corridor to allow ships to export grain and other foodstuffs from Ukraine, for another year.

"We spoke separately about the conflict and humanitarian conditions. Ukraine gave a written guarantee to Russia through Turkey. We will propose extending the agreement for one more year," Akar said, the CFTS portal reports, citing the Hurriyet publication.

As reported earlier, the Black Sea Grain Initiative is currently valid until 19 November. Russia announced the suspension of its participation in it at the end of October. However, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced on 2 November that Russia was resuming its participation in it. The Russian Ministry of Defense said it had received written guarantees that Ukraine would not use the humanitarian maritime corridor to conduct military operations against Russia (something that had not happened before that).