Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov, United States Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Ann Brink, and the U.S. Office of Sanctions Coordination’s head James O'Brien discussed the inclusion of the Mykolaiv ports in the Black Sea Grain Initiative, the acceleration of the inspections of vessels in the Bosporus, and the extension of the Black Sea Grain Initiative for at least one year during their visits to the ports of Odesa and Southern Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

According to Kubrakov, Ukraine has officially sent a proposal to include the port of Mykolaiv in the Black Sea Grain Initiative to the United Nations and Turkey, and it is waiting for a response from the guarantors of the deal.

He also drew attention to the artificial restrictions that Russian representatives have imposed on vessels passing through the grain corridor. He noted that vessels currently wait 2-5 weeks for inspection.

As reported earlier, the grain deal was extended for four months on 17 November.