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Russian President Vladimir Putin

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Born Oct. 7, 1952, in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. Prez confirmed today that Moscow has agreed to extend the grain deal allowing Ukrainian grain exports to world markets by just 60 days and may withdraw from it entirely. if its conditions are not met, BTA reported.

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Speaking at the Russia-Africa in a Multipolar World international parliamentary conference attended by African parliamentarians, Putin noted that Russia expects to facilitate the export of its own agricultural products as part of the deal.

"The fair and comprehensive implementation of the Black Sea grain deal can only be ensured if our position is taken into account, and depending on that we will assess our further participation in it," Putin said.

President Erdogan: The grain deal has been extended

An agreement brokered by the United Nations and Turkey was reached in July allowing Ukraine - one of the world's "granaries" - to export food and fertilizer from three of its Black Sea ports.

The 120-day agreement was renewed last November.

Russia agreed to another extension when the deal expired on Saturday, but said it would accept it for just 60 days.

Ukraine argues that the extension of just 60 days violates the terms of the deal, but the agreement allows the parties to modify it, as Russia has done.

The UN and Turkish President Recep Erdogan confirmed an extension had been agreed, but did not say how long it would be, reflecting their inability to influence Russia's decision.

Moscow expresses disappointment that the deal failed to secure full access for exports of its grain and fertilizers via the Black Sea.

However, Russian wheat exports in November, December and January were at a record high and saw a 24 percent increase from the same period a year earlier, according to data from Refinitiv.

Putin used today's Russia-Africa parliamentary conference to reiterate Russian claims that much of the grain exported under the deal goes to "satisfied" European markets, while only a fraction reaches African markets.

The Russian president added that if Russia decided to extend the deal after 60 days, it would be ready to supply African countries with free grain.

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