The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry again accused the West of “the ability to present any news in a distorted way.”
The agreements in Istanbul on the export of Ukrainian grain do not prohibit Moscow from continuing the war against Ukraine . The occupiers allegedly can continue to hit military targets.
This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov during a press conference following the talks with the Foreign Minister of the Congo
“Our Western colleagues, in principle, have already become adept at presenting any news in a distorted way, exclusively in the form in which it can be used against the Russian Federation, which no longer surprises me,” the diplomat said.
According to him, there is allegedly nothing in the obligations that Russia has assumed that would prohibit the invaders from further destroying Ukraine.
“If we talk about the episode that you mentioned and which took place in Odessa, then there is nothing in the obligations that Russia assumed, including within the framework of the agreements signed on July 22 in Istanbul, which would prohibit us from continuing a special military operation, destroying a military infrastructure and other military purposes,” Lavrov summed up.
Russian attack on the port of Odessa – what is known
On July 22, an agreement was signed in Istanbul to unblock three Ukrainian ports for the export of grain and other agricultural products.
The contract is valid for 120 days with the possibility of extension. It states that control over the ports “Odessa”, “Chernomorsk” and “Pivdenny” remains entirely with Ukraine. Vessels must move along the route approved by the parties without military escort, but inspection of ships going to Ukraine is envisaged for the presence of weapons.
The very next day after the signing of the agreement, Russian troops attacked Odessa with four missiles . As a result of the shelling , there are wounded, the infrastructure of the Odessa Commercial Sea Port has been damaged. When Russian missiles attacked the port, there was grain waiting for shipment, but the grain storage was not damaged.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that the rocket attack on the port of Odessa is a spit in the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the face of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary General António Guterres.
A few hours after the Russian attack on the Odessa seaport, where grain was awaiting shipment, the UN reacted to the crime of the Russians . UN Secretary General António Guterres “unreservedly condemned the strikes on the Ukrainian port of Odessa.”
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said shortly after the shelling that negotiations were held with the Russian side and the Russians assured that they “have nothing to do with this attack.”
On the same day, Russian propagandist Yevgeny Popov cynically admitted that the invaders had hit the port of Odessa. The next day, the strike was confirmed by the Russian Foreign Ministry, the press secretary of the department, Maria Zakharova , said that the target of the “high-precision” attack was not grain, but a Ukrainian landing craft.