Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

The head of the United States Agency for International Development urged Russia to continue its participation in the United Nations-brokered Black Sea Grains Agreement, writing that “the world cannot afford Putin continues to use food as a weapon of war.”

“Russia’s comments on the suspension of its participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative are regrettable. This vital agreement between Russia, Ukraine and Turkey, brokered in July by the United Nations, has enabled the export of more than nine million metric tons of grain and other food products to people around the world in in the midst of a devastating global crisis. food crisis,” USAID Administrator Samantha Power wrote in a statement Sunday.

She touted the “tremendous success” of the deal so far, attributing it to falling global food prices and helping those “most vulnerable to severe hunger”.

“The United States and our allies and partners remain clear: The Black Sea Grain Initiative must continue and expand. Any attempt to undermine the deal is an attack on starving families around the world whose lives and livelihoods depend on this initiative,” Power wrote.

Remember: Moscow announced it was quitting the grain deal after accusing Ukraine of attacking a drone in Crimea on Saturday. Kyiv accused Russia of fabricating “fictitious terrorist attacks” and using the deal as “blackmail”.


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