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UN aid chief 'reasonably confident' on extension of Ukraine deal

GENEVA, Oct 10 (Reuters) - U.N. aid chief Martin Griffiths voiced confidence on Monday that a U.N.-brokered deal allowing Ukrainian Black Sea grains exports could be extended and even expanded despite apparent revenge strikes by Russia on Kyiv on Monday.

"Our view at the UN is we of course should seek its renewal, and I'm reasonably confident that we will see it (renewed) but also that it needs to go beyond a four-month cycle. We need to see it renewed for a year," Griffiths said in a Geneva press briefing in response to a question about the impact of the latest escalation in the more-than-7-month-war. (Reporting by Emma Farge, Editing by Miranda Murray)

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