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Ukraine Crop-Deal Talks May Hinge on Fertilizers and Extra Port

  • Agreement could end Nov. 19 if a party objects to a renewal
  • Russia, Ukraine both seeking modifications as part of talks

Russia and Ukraine are both seeking changes to their landmark grain-export deal as part of discussions to extend the initiative beyond the current deadline next month, according to the United Nations.

Russia wants to see a pipeline that transports its ammonia to Ukraine’s Odesa port for shipment reopened as part of the new terms, Amir Abdulla, UN coordinator for the Black Sea Grain Initiative, said in an interview in Istanbul on Friday. Ukraine is seeking to extend the deal by more than year, and include Mykolayiv as a fourth exporting port, he said.