Oct 29, 2022 5:03 p.m
Russia announced the suspension of its participation in the “Grain Agreement” because of the October 29 terrorist attack in Sevastopol. The decision comes after Ukrainian drones attacked ships of the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol Bay.
The Russian Defense Ministry has said Russia is suspending its participation in the grain deal. This decision was due to “the terrorist attack by the Kiev regime” in the waters of Sevastopol on October 29. The report by the Russian military department said:
“In view of the terrorist act committed by the Kiev regime on October 29 with the participation of British experts against the ships of the Black Sea Fleet and civilian ships involved in securing the grain corridor, the Russian side has denied its involvement in the implementation of agreements on the export of agricultural goods from Ukrainian ports.”
At the same time, Russian Foreign Ministry press secretary Maria Zakharova said that the Ukrainian armed forces carried out these attacks under the guise of a humanitarian corridor, which is why Russia “does not guarantee the safety of civilian dry cargo vessels participating in the ‘Black Sea Initiative’ and its implementation will be suspended indefinitely from today”.
This morning, Russian ships of the Black Sea Fleet repelled a drone strike in Sevastopol Bay. The attack lasted several hours and was described by Sevastopol Governor Mikhail Rasvozhayev as the most massive attack since the special operation began.
The spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, later specified that the Ukrainian military used nine unmanned aerial vehicles and seven autonomous sea drones in the attack.
The minesweeper Ivan Golubets was slightly damaged in the attack. In addition, a barrier in the Yuzhnaya Bay was damaged, it was said. Konashenkov underlined that the attacked ships of the Black Sea Fleet ensured, among other things, the security of the corridor under the Grain Agreement.
According to the Defense Ministry, the attack was carried out by servicemen from Ukraine’s 73rd Special Maritime Operations Center. According to Konashenkov, they were led by British naval specialists in the Nikolayev region, who were also involved in the blasting of the Nord Stream pipelines.
Britain denied the allegations, calling Moscow’s statement “false claims of epic proportions”. Russia allegedly wanted to “distract attention from the illegal invasion of Ukraine,” it said.
An international agreement on establishing a corridor for grain exports from Ukrainian ports was signed in Istanbul on July 22 by Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN. At the same time, UN Secretary-General António Guterres pledged to ease shipments of Russian food and fertilizers to the world market, which are being hampered by Western sanctions.
Russia has repeatedly criticized the implementation of the agreements. In early September, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that only three percent of the goods in the “grain deal” go to the world’s poorest countries. The head of state compared the actions of the European states with those of the colonial masters and said that the developing countries were being cheated.
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