The Russian Defense Ministry announced this Saturday that Russia will suspend its participation in the agreement for the export of Ukrainian cereals following the attacks on ships in Sevastopol Bay, Crimea, recorded during the morning.
“In view of the terrorist act perpetrated by the Kiev regime on 29 October this year with the participation of British experts against ships of the Black Sea Fleet and civilian ships involved in ensuring the security of the grain corridor, the Russian side suspends the participation in the implementation of agreements on the export of agricultural products from Ukrainian ports,” reads the message posted on the official Telegram account of the Russian Defense Ministry.
Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry had announced that Ukraine had launched a series of attacks against ships of the Black Sea fleet, using, according to nine drones and seven autonomous maritime drones. All of them were destroyed.
UN in contact with Russian authorities
Shortly after the Russian announcement, the United Nations advanced to be in contact with the Russian authorities.”It is vital that all parties refrain from any action that would endanger the Black Sea Grains Initiative, which is a humanitarian effort that is clearly having a positive impact on food access for millions of people around the world,” said UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.
The Russian announcement also comes at a time when the United Nations, on Friday, had already asked Kiev and Moscow to negotiate an agreement to renew the pact that has allowed the export of grain from Ukraine’s Black Sea beyond. from November. The UN stressed that this was essential to contribute to global food security.
“We underline the urgency of this agreement to contribute to food security around the world, and to alleviate the suffering that this global cost-of-living crisis is inflicting on billions of people,” said UN Spokesperson Stephane. Dujarric, in a statement.
Under the terms of the July 22 agreement, Ukraine was able to resume exporting grain and fertilizers from the Black Sea, which had been blocked when Russia began its February 24 invasion. Ukraine’s export deal was initially agreed for 120 days.
The United Nations is working to extend the agreement up to a year and facilitate joint inspections of ships by UN officials, Turks, Russians and Ukrainians. The United Nations recently warned of a delay of more than 150 ships.
Before announcing the suspension of the agreement, Russia had already criticized it several times, complaining that its own exports continued to be hampered and that there was not enough grain in Ukraine to help the countries most in need.