“Collective blackmail” .. Washington attacks Moscow’s position on the wheat agreement

On Monday, the United States considered Moscow’s request to Kiev not to use the grain export corridor for military purposes as “collective blackmail” after a marching attack on the Russian fleet. in Crimea, after which Moscow suspended the grain export agreement.

“This appears to be collective punishment or collective blackmail,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

On Monday, Price announced that Russia’s discontinuation of its participation in the UN-mediated Black Sea Grain Export Initiative had “immediate adverse effects” on global food security and that food prices have soared due to the uncertainty surrounding the deal.

For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed Monday, during a phone call with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, that Ukraine is determined to “remain a guarantor of world food security” and continue its grain exports. after Russia suspended its implementation of the agreement after its ships were attacked in Crimea, with parades.

“I spoke to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. I confirmed Ukraine’s commitment to the grain agreement,” Zelensky tweeted.

United Nations relief coordinator Martin Griffiths said Monday that there were no ships in the grain lane in the Black Sea on the night of October 29, the day in which Russia said its ships were attacked in the Sevastopol Bay in Crimea, interrupting its work on the Ukrainian grain export agreement.

On Monday, the EU’s head of foreign affairs, Josep Borrell, condemned the suspension of Russia’s participation in the agreement to export grain across the Black Sea and urged Moscow to reverse its decision and immediately resume implementation.

Borrell said in a statement that Russia alone is responsible for the global food security crisis it caused with its military operation in Ukraine and what he described as the blockade of ports there.

The European official believed that Moscow “uses food and hunger as a weapon” since the start of the military operation that began in late February.

Russia announced last Saturday that it had officially informed the United Nations of the suspension of its participation in the implementation of the agreement on the export of wheat from Ukraine and requested a session of the Security Council on Monday to discuss an attack that pushed to suspend its participation in the agreement signed in Istanbul last July under the auspices of the UN.

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