“Russia returned to the Black Sea grain agreement if demands were met”

Patrick D Costa

Gennady Gatilov

Russia says it is possible to return to the Black Sea Grain Agreement if the demand is met. According to Gennady Gatilov, the country’s permanent representative at the UN headquarters, Russia is ready to return to the grain deal if Moscow’s demands are met by international partners.

In response to questions from Reuters on Tuesday, Gatilov complained that the agreement was not fulfilled. He also said that the West is increasing the pressure of sanctions on Russia. Russia’s agricultural exports are facing disruption due to the suspension of bank transactions, insurance, logistics, foreign assets and spare parts supply.

On Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced the withdrawal from the Black Sea Grains Agreement, saying, “Unfortunately, some aspects of the agreement related to Russia have not yet been implemented.” As a result, this contract has been suspended. When the issues related to Russia are implemented according to the agreement, we will return to the agreement.

The agreement was signed by Russia and Ukraine, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey. This food grain export agreement was first signed in July 2022. Later, its term was extended several times.

The United Nations has expressed concern over Russia’s withdrawal from the grain agreement. Millions of hungry people in the world will suffer if the agreement with Ukraine is not extended. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed his disappointment.

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