Russia says it resumes participation in Ukraine grain deal

  • Turkey says grain trade will resume Wednesday afternoon
  • Russia says it received guarantees from Ukraine

ANKARA/MYKOLAYV, Ukraine, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday it would resume its participation in a deal to free exports of vital grain from war-torn Ukraine after it was suspended at the end of the week, which threatened to worsen hunger. all around the world.

The Russian Defense Ministry said it had received a written guarantee from Kyiv not to use the Black Sea grain corridor for military operations against Russia.

“The Russian Federation considers the currently received guarantees to be sufficient and will resume the implementation of the agreement,” the ministry said in a statement.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan previously said that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told his Turkish counterpart that the July 22 grain agreement brokered by Turkey and the United Nations will continue to work from Wednesday afternoon.

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“The grain delivery will continue until 12 o’clock (ahead) today as previously agreed,” Erdogan said.

Russia suspended its participation in the deal at the end of the week, saying it could not guarantee the safety of civilian ships crossing the Black Sea because of the attack on its fleet there. Ukraine said that this is a false pretext.

Despite the suspension, ships continued to transport Ukrainian grain on the route, but this did not last long because insurance companies are not issuing new contracts due to the Russian move, industry sources told Reuters.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said earlier that the world must respond firmly to any attempt by Russia to disrupt Ukraine’s export corridor through the Black Sea, which was closed after Moscow invaded Ukraine on February 24.

Russia’s blockade has exacerbated food shortages and livelihood crises in many countries, as Ukraine is one of the world’s largest suppliers of grain and vegetable oil.

In a video address on Tuesday night, Zelensky said that thanks to the work of Turkey and the United Nations, ships are still leaving Ukrainian ports with cargo.

“But a reliable and long-term defense is needed for the grain corridor,” Zelensky said.

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“Russia should be clearly warned that it will receive a strong response from the world to any move to disrupt our food exports,” Zelensky said. “The lives of tens of millions of people are clearly at stake here.”

The goal of the grain agreement was to prevent hunger in poor countries by bringing more wheat, sunflower oil and fertilizer into world markets and reducing sharp price increases. It projected a pre-war level of monthly exports from Ukraine of 5 million metric tons.

Additional reporting by Pavel Polityuk in Kyiv, Ezgi Erkoyun in Ankara and other Reuters bureaus; Written by Grant McCool, Lincoln Feast and Philip Fletcher; Edited by Simon Cameron-Moore

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