No more talks planned, says official, despite Turkish leader expressing hope of progress at UN meeting

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Russia has said its decision not to extend the Black Sea grain deal is final and that no more talks are planned. The statement followed comments from the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to the effect that he hoped for progress in talks at the United Nations on reviving it.

The deal, brokered by the UN and Turkey last year, was meant to alleviate a food crisis sparked by a Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports that had frozen millions of tonnes of grain exports around the world, much of it to developing countries. Russia suspended its participation on Monday, as the deal was due to expire, saying its conditions for an extension had not been met.

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