The Black Sea grain initiative has not been blocked, work is ongoing on its continuation, said Denise Brown, coordinator of the UN system in Ukraine.
"The Black Sea grain initiative is not blocked. And this is extremely important," she said at a meeting with journalists in Kyiv on Tuesday.
The UN emphasized that there are difficulties, but work on them continues.
"The Black Sea Initiative can do more. We cannot allow it to end...Believe me, we will not allow it to end. We cannot afford it, and Ukraine cannot," she emphasized.
Brown emphasized the importance of neutrality for continuing the dialogue with the Russian Federation.
"And this is what is happening now, when we are trying to work within the framework of the initiative," she explained.
The coordinator reminded that the initiative should be continued in March.
"Before the last extension of the initiative in November, we spent a lot of time in September, October, working out many points," she said.
As reported, on January 20, Presidents of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan advocated the continuation of the export "grain agreement" and allowed its expansion to other ports of Ukraine.
On January 24, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey, Vasyl Bodnar, reported that there are less than 60 days left until the end of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, and work continues on its extension, as it is currently the only way to supply Ukrainian grain in large volumes.