Ammon – The official spokesman for the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, announced the suspension of the grain deal today, Monday, and stressed the possibility of Russia’s return to it immediately, once the Russian part of it is implemented.
This came in Peskov’s daily testimony today, Monday, where he continued that the deal was suspended today, but Russia is ready to return to it as soon as the Russian part of it is implemented.
For her part, the official spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that Russia has officially informed Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations Secretariat of its objection to extending the “grain deal”.
And the Russian Foreign Minister had confirmed, at the 46th meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization, that if the Russian part did not implement the grain deal, there would be no talk of extending it.
The grain deal was reached at the initiative of Ankara, and with an agreement between Russia, Ukraine and the United Nations, as the agreement provides for the export of Ukrainian grain through a humanitarian corridor opened by the Russian fleet in the Black Sea, provided that Russian grain and fertilizers are allowed to reach global markets.
However, the second part of the deal, related to the access of Russian grains and fertilizers to global markets, was not implemented due to Western sanctions standing as an obstacle to the implementation of the agreement, as insurance companies and port services punish ships that deal with Russia, and Ukraine also refuses to launch the ammonia pipeline, through which ammonia is exported to the European Union, and the Kiev forces later blew up the line after Russia announced the suspension of the registration of Ukrainian ships in the ports until the launch of the ammonia pipeline.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had stated in a telephone conversation with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa that existing obstacles to Russian exports should have been removed within the framework of the grain deal, and stressed that the obligations stipulated in the memorandum of Russia and the United Nations, related to removing barriers to the export of Russian food and fertilizers, have not been implemented so far, and in addition to that, the main objective of the row has also not been achieved, which is the supply of grain to countries in need, including the African continent.