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Hi, this is Michelle, and today we’re covering renewed warnings that the Black Sea grain deal that has helped ease pressure on food markets could be headed for more turbulence.

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The grain terminal at the port in Odesa, where Ukraine ships wheat according to the grain deal they currently have with Russia, 10 April 2023. (Keystone/Scanpix_DK/Bo Amstrup)

Black Sea grain deal outlook 'not so great'. Russia warned on Wednesday that the prospects of the grain deal with Ukraine to allow grain exports to be shipped through the Black Sea were not looking “so great” as it grows impatient with obstacles to its own exports. Russia agreed to the deal brokered by the UN and Turkey last year in exchange for removing hurdles to its fertiliser exports. But it has threatened to walk out if the West does not keep its end of the bargain. After strained negotiations in Geneva, Russia agreed last month to renew the grain deal for 60 days.

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