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EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell urged Russia to reverse its decision to suspend participation in a deal to export Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea.
“Russia’s decision to suspend participation in the Black Sea deal threatens a major export route for much-needed grains and fertilizers to overcome the global food crisis caused by Russia’s war against Ukraine. The EU calls on Russia to reverse its decision.” wrote Borrell on twitter.
Russia’s decision to suspend participation in the Black Sea deal puts at risks the main export route of much needed grain and fertilisers to address the global food crisis caused by its war against Ukraine.
The EU urges Russia to revert its decision.
— Josep Borrell Fontelles (@JosepBorrellF) October 30, 2022
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, in turn, urged all parties to continue the “essential initiative to save lives”. “Any Russian move to disrupt this critical grain export is essentially a statement that people and families around the world should pay more for food or go hungry. By suspending this agreement, Russia is once again turning food into weapons in the war it unleashed,” Blinken said.
On October 29, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that Russia would suspend its participation in an agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain due to a drone attack on ships in Sevastopol.
- The port of Sevastopol was attacked by drones. Russia blamed Ukraine and the UK for the attack – and announced its withdrawal from the “grain deal”