Ukraine's Foreign Minister Explains Why Attack against Russian Warships Reason for Kremlin to Withdraw from "Grain Agreement"

Sunday, 30 October 2022

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has noted that the attack against Russian ships in the Sevastopol Bay (Crimea) was merely a reason for Moscow to withdraw from the "grain agreement" since steps to disrupt it began long before that. 

"By suspending its participation in the grain deal on a false pretext of explosions 220 kilometres away from the grain corridor, Russia blocks 2 million tons of grain on 176 vessels already at sea — enough to feed over 7 million people. Russia has planned this well in advance," Kuleba wrote on Twitter.

On 29 October, Russia announced that it suspended its participation in the implementation of the "grain agreement" allegedly because of the "terrorist attack" in the Sevastopol Bay on Saturday morningThe Russian Defence Ministry said that the target of the attack in Sevastopol Bay was ships of the Black Sea Fleet, which were allegedly involved in ensuring the security of the grain corridor.

The UN commented that it "maintained contacts" with the Russian authorities after reports of the country’s withdrawal from the initiative. 

It is worth noting that the "grain agreement" was supposed to end in November, and Russia threatened to withdraw from the agreement if its requirements were not met.

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