“Grain agreement” remains in force despite Russia’s statements – UN

The UN continues to interact with the Russian side to resolve the issues raised by the Russian Federation.

The UN said that the "grain agreement" continues to operate / photo REUTERS
The UN said that the “grain agreement” continues to operate / photo REUTERS

The Black Sea Grain Initiative remains in force, even despite the statements of the Russian Federation about withdrawing from the “grain deal” .

This was stated by UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths.

“We strongly believe that the Black Sea Grain Initiative remains in place despite the suspension of Russia’s participation in it,” Griffiths said.

According to the UN representative, Russia did not terminate the “grain agreement” and did not withdraw from it, but suspended participation in it for an indefinite period.

“As a result, we continue to send vessels moving from Ukraine through this initiative. Together with Turkey, where possible, and with Ukraine, we continue to check these vessels,” he added.

At the same time, the UN continues to interact with the Russian side to resolve the issues raised by the Russian Federation. Griffiths believes that the sooner the organization can fully restore Russia’s participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative, the better.

Blocking the “grain corridor” by Russia

Russia issued a statement about withdrawing from the “grain deal” on October 29, 2022 after the attack on the ships of the Black Sea Fleet in the Sevastopol Bay. 

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov believes that such actions by the Russian Federation  are blackmail before the G20 summit, which will be held in November 2022 in Indonesia. He noted that Ukraine helps the world prevent famine with food supplies. 

After Russia withdrew from the deal , which allowed the export of Ukrainian grain, futures for wheat and corn traded in Chicago rose.

(C)UNIAN 2022

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