On September 7, the head of the Russian Federation, Volodymyr Putin, said that the export destinations of Ukrainian agricultural products through the Black Sea under the “grain agreement” should be “restricted”, because they are taken to EU countries. In Kyiv, they replied that it is not for the Russian Federation to decide where to export Ukrainian grain.
Putin made his statement at the Eastern Economic Forum, writes the Russian propaganda resource Kommersant.
The head of the Kremlin says that almost all the grain goes to the EU countries, and not to the countries that need it.
“If we exclude Turkey as an intermediary country, then all, almost all grain exported from Ukraine is directed not to the developing and poorest countries, but to the EU countries…” Putin said.
He says that Russia was “rudely dumped” and “deceived” in this matter, so “it is worth thinking about limiting the export directions of grain and other food.”
“I will definitely consult with Turkish President Erdogan about this,” Putin said.
In his turn, the adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Mykhailo Podolyak, emphasized in a Reuters comment that no one gave Russia the right to vote within the “grain agreement”.
“The agreements signed in Istanbul… concern only one issue – the transfer of cargo ships across the Black Sea. Russia cannot dictate where Ukraine should direct its grain, and Ukraine cannot dictate the same to Russia,” Podolyak said.
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