Russia Blocks Black Sea Grain Deal

According to Ukraine’s reconstruction ministry on Monday, Russia has once again hindered the Black Sea grain deal by refusing to register incoming vessels.

Last year, Russian invasion led to the blockade of Ukrainian Black Sea ports, but a deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey cleared access to three ports in July 2022.

The ministry stated, “The Russian Federation once again effectively stopped the Grain Initiative by refusing to register incoming vessels and carry out their inspections. This approach contradicts the terms of the current agreement.”

The ministry also reported that 90 ships, including 62 vessels for loading, were waiting in Turkey’s territorial waters for approval to enter Ukrainian ports.

The deal, aimed at addressing a global food crisis, is set to expire on May 18. However, Moscow has threatened to withdraw from the agreement. Meanwhile, Turkey and the United Nations are working to extend the deal.


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