Ukraine, Moscow suspends participation in wheat agreement

“Stop indefinitely”

Russia suspends participation in the wheat deal, mediated by the UN and Turkey and expiring on November 18, after the “terrorist attack” conducted in Sevastopol, in the Crimea against the ships of the Black Sea Fleet and those civilians, engaged in the safety of the export corridor of cereals from Ukrainian ports. This was announced by the Russian Defense Ministry, quoted by the Tass agency.

The suspension by the Russian side of the wheat agreement starts today and will be “indefinite” as the Moscow Foreign Ministry, quoted by the Tass agency, clarifies in a note. According to the statement, the Russian government, after the decision to suspend participation in the wheat agreement, gave instructions to its representatives at the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul.

“In light of the terrorist attack carried out by the Kiev regime on October 29 this year with the participation of British specialists against ships of the Black Sea Fleet and civilian ships engaged in ensuring the safety of the grain corridor, the Russian side suspends participation in the implementation of the agreements on the export of agricultural products from Ukrainian ports “explain from Moscow.

THE AGREEMENT ON WHEAT – Signed on July 22 in Istanbul, the agreement on the transport of Ukrainian wheat across the Black Sea, suspended today by Russia, has so far made it possible to transport nearly eight million tons of cereals and other food products in over 350 journeys. The agreement on the Black Sea Grain Initiative was reached after intense negotiations, to avert a serious food crisis as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. One of the world’s largest grain exporters, Ukraine exported over 45 million tons of wheat annually before the war, as well as corn and sunflower oil.

Ukraine and Russia each signed a separate document with Turkey and the UN, which brokered the deal. The agreement, valid for 120 days, was to expire on November 19, with the possibility of renewal. In essence, safe, mine-free navigation corridors have been established in the Black Sea, starting from the Ukrainian ports of Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhne, up to the mouth of the Bosphorus. Turkey has taken on a guarantor role, including the task of inspecting ships bound for Ukraine to prevent them from carrying weapons. Another agreement was reached at the same time with the UN to facilitate Russian exports of Russian cereals and fertilizers.

To monitor ship traffic, a Joint Coordination Center (JCC) was set up in Istanbul, under Turkish leadership, with delegates from the four parties involved. Russians and Ukrainians work there separately.

KIEV – “We have warned about Russia’s plans to destroy the Black Sea Grain Initiative. Now Moscow is using a false pretext to block the grain corridor that guarantees food security for millions of people” tweets Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba . “I urge all states to ask Russia to stop its hunger games and resume its obligations,” Kuleba added.

UN – The United Nations is in contact with the Russian authorities after the announcement by Moscow that it has suspended its participation in the wheat agreement. The spokesman for the United Nations, Stephane Dujarric underlined, adding that “it is essential that all parties refrain from any action that could endanger the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which is a fundamental humanitarian effort that is clearly having a positive impact on access to food for millions of people around the world “.