Russia has announced the resumption of its participation in the agreement on the export of grain through the Black Sea Corridor – this was announced by the Ministry of Defense of Russia on November 2.
According to the report, Russia allegedly received guarantees that “appear to be sufficient” to resume the implementation of the agreement, writes Radio Svoboda.
“In particular, the Ukrainian side has officially assured that the Maritime Humanitarian Corridor will be used only in accordance with the provisions of the Black Sea Initiative and related provisions on the SCC,” the Russian ministry said.
The Ministry of Defense added that the mentioned guarantees were obtained with the assistance of Turkey.
The Ukrainian side has not yet commented on this message.
Turkish President Recep Erdogan also announced that the Black Sea Grain Corridor resumed operations as of mid-day on November 2.
Erdogan held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 1. As the Kremlin website stated, during the conversation, Putin allegedly called the investigation of the drone attack in Sevastopol a condition for Moscow’s return to fulfilling its obligations under the grain agreement.
On October 29, the Ministry of Defense of Russia announced the termination of participation in the agreement on the export of Ukrainian food through the Black Sea Grain Corridor. The department explained this decision as an alleged “terrorist act” “against the ships of the Black Sea Fleet and civilian vessels involved in ensuring the security of the “grain corridor”, which the Russian authorities accused Ukraine of.
Kyiv called this Russian statement expected, as Moscow began to exacerbate the food crisis in September of this year. In the US, such a decision by Moscow is considered “absolutely outrageous”, as this step will increase hunger.
Despite this statement by Moscow, on October 31, the United Nations, Turkey and Ukraine continued to implement the grain agreement and implemented the transit plan for 16 vessels.
The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine reported that on October 31, 12 ships with 354.5 thousand tons of agricultural products left the ports of “Odesa”, “Chornomorsk” and “Pivdenny” for the countries of Africa, Asia and Europe. However, on November 2, the delegations of the UN, Turkey and Ukraine agreed not to plan the movement of ships through the Black Sea.
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