Russia said on Wednesday it would resume participation in a deal allowing grain exports to leave Ukrainian ports, days after suspending his involvement on an alleged attack on its Black Sea Fleet.
- Following Russia’s decision over the weekend to suspend its participation, Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused the Kremlin of “militarization of food” and “exacerbation of already serious humanitarian crises and food insecurity”.
State of play: Russia The Ministry of Defense wrote in a Telegram article Wednesday that he had received written guarantees from Ukraine promising not to use the Black Sea corridor and Ukrainian ports for the use of military operations against Russia.
- “The Russian Federation considers that the guarantees received at the moment seem sufficient and resumes the implementation of the agreement,” the statement added.
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had told his Turkish counterpart that grain transports would resume operations from midday Wednesday, Reuters reported.
- Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov tweeted that Thursday, “8 ships carrying agricultural products should pass through the grain corridor. We have obtained confirmation from the UN”.
The big picture: Russia suspended its participation in the deal after accusing, without providing evidence, British navy personnel of leading Ukrainian drone attacks on ships in Crimea.
- The UK has denied the claims, saying the false allegations were intended to distract from Russian military failures in Ukraine.
- Ukraine has not responded directly to the drone allegations, although Zelensky called for Russia’s withdrawall of the “predictable” deal, adding that Russia had “deliberately escalated the food crisis” since September.
What they say : “The grain corridor needs reliable and long-term protection,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his night address tuesday evening.
- “Russia must be clear that it will receive a harsh response from the world to any measure that disrupts our food exports. It is literally a matter of life for tens of millions of people,” he added.