What did Russia do after pulling out of the Black Sea grain deal?
In an official announcement in Telegram on July 17, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow was disappointed with what had been achieved after a year of implementing the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
The Black Sea grain agreement was brokered by Turkey and the UN and signed by the parties concerned on 22 July 2022 in Istanbul.
The deal is expected to help alleviate the global food crisis by allowing exports of Ukrainian grain, which has been blocked by the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
A flotilla of cargo ships participating in the Black Sea grain deal waits to pass through the Bosphorus Strait off the coast of Yenikapi, Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo: Reuters)
The above agreement has been extended three times, the last extension took effect on May 18 and lasted for two months.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, contrary to the humanitarian goals outlined in the agreement, Ukraine’s grain exports were almost exclusively for commercial purposes, which helped Kiev and the West achieve their goals instead of sending food to less developed countries.
The Russian Foreign Ministry also emphasized that the memorandum of understanding between Moscow and the United Nations on the lifting of the food and fertilizer export embargo has almost no legal effect when Western countries are still limiting Russia’s financial activities. This means that none of the agreements in the memorandum of understanding have been completed.
Meanwhile, the Black Sea grain agreement was repeatedly violated when Ukraine used its humanitarian corridors to carry out attacks on Russian territory.
Prior to the above events, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow would terminate the grain export agreement in the Black Sea, and take the following specific actions:
– Stop ensuring the safety of navigation for grain ships through the Black Sea.
– Narrowing of the humanitarian corridors on the Black Sea.
– Restoration of restricted areas in the northwestern part of the Black Sea.
– Deploying the coordination center in Istanbul.
Without Russia’s participation, the Black Sea grain deal will also expire on July 18 (local time).
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on July 17 that Moscow had informed Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations that they would not extend the agreement.
The Russian Foreign Ministry also said that Moscow would only return to this agreement if the parties concerned adhere to its previous provisions.
at thuvienpc.com – Source: Soha.vn