December 6, 2022

Russia says it will end grain export deal with Ukraine: NPR

Russian Black Sea Fleet ships are anchored in one of the bays of Sevastopol, Crimea on March 31, 2014.

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Russian Black Sea Fleet ships are anchored in one of the bays of Sevastopol, Crimea on March 31, 2014.

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MOSCOW – Russia says it will stop participating in a United Nations-brokered deal to protect Ukrainian grain exports from the Black Sea.

According to Russia’s Foreign Ministry, Moscow is withdrawing from the grain deal “for an indefinite period”.

The move came hours after Russia’s Defense Ministry said it had largely thwarted a series of Ukrainian drone attacks on Russian ships in the Black Sea, which it said were protecting shipping lanes under the agreement.

Officials in Kiev accused Moscow of creating a “false pretext” to block the grain route.

In recent weeks, Russia has threatened to pull out of the deal over complaints that it opened up Ukrainian grain exports but failed to fulfill promises to allow exports of Russian fertilizer and food products.

The UN urged both sides to refrain from disrupting the deal, which provides food for millions of people around the world. More than 9 million tonnes of grains and other food items have been exported under the agreement, which has contributed to lower prices of wheat and other commodities. UN says.