Russia suspends participation in grain deal after Ukrainian attack — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Russia announced on Saturday that it had stopped complying with a grain deal brokered by the UN and Turkey earlier in the year. The move came after Ukraine launched a major drone attack on vessels involved in securing the passage of agricultural goods, the Russian Defense Ministry explained.

In a message on its Telegram channel, the ministry said that Russia “suspends its participation in the implementation of agreements on the export of agricultural products from Ukrainian ports”.

He explained that the move was prompted by “terrorist attack” against ships of the Black Sea Fleet and civilian vessels involved in securing the grain corridor. The ministry also alleged that the bombing was staged with the involvement of the British military.

The British Ministry of Defense has denied any involvement in the Ukrainian drone attack on the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, saying Moscow “resorts to the peddling of false allegations on an epic scale” in an effort to distract the global community from “their disastrous handling of the illegal invasion of Ukraine”.

“This fabricated story says more about the ongoing arguments within the Russian government than it does about the West,” he added.

Commenting on Russia’s decision to suspend the grain deal, Andrey Ermak, chief of staff to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, accused Moscow of “blackmail.”

“Russian blackmail is primitive in all fields: blackmail in the nuclear, energy and food fields”, he said, adding that all alleged Russian schemes are “too simple and predictable.”

Earlier on Saturday, Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev signaled that Moscow was ready, with the help of Turkey, to send up to 500,000 tons of grain to the world’s poorest countries over the past few months. next four months.

He noted that given this year’s harvest, Russia “is quite ready to replace Ukrainian grain” and arrange deliveries to “all interested countries” at a reasonable price.

“Not only did the grain agreement not solve the problems of the countries in need, but it even made them worse in a way. We can see where ships from Ukraine were heading – Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. For some cargoes, the share of EU countries varies from 60 to 100%. It is not the States that are experiencing a real food problem”, said the minister.

Russia warned earlier that it could walk away from the grain deal if a deal to ease restrictions on its food and fertilizer exports is not implemented. Moreover, following the explosion at the strategic Crimean bridge, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that if it turned out that Ukraine – the country accused by Moscow of carrying out the attack – was using grain corridors to transport explosives, “this would call into question the very existence of these corridors”.

The decisive agreement between Moscow and kyiv was reached in Istanbul in July with the mediation of the UN and Türkiye. It aimed to unblock agricultural exports via the Black Sea from Russia and Ukraine – two of the world’s top grain exporters – which had been cut short due to the conflict between the two nations.

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