Lavrov: Ukraine used “grain lanes” for military purposes

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that Moscow has asked the United Nations to help implement part of the agreement to transport grain across the Black Sea that would facilitate Russian food exports.

Lavrov states this during a press conference in Jordan, a day after Russia announced it would resume participation in the cereals initiative, which aims to allow the export of Ukrainian food products to foreign markets, overturning the decision to suspend participation, which it announced at the start of the week.

Lavrov said today that Moscow is pleased with Turkey’s initiative to resume work on the agreement to export grain across the Black Sea. He also stressed that “Ukraine has used the Black Sea grain corridors for military purposes”.

As for the Palestinian question, Lavrov saw American efforts regarding the Israeli-Palestinian settlement in Middle East as “sabotage”. He added that Russia is “committed to an agreement in Middle East and to support the pace Arab “.

The Russian minister also indicated that he had also discussed the situation with his Jordanian counterpart in Iraq. On the other hand, he said, “Russia supports the right of Syrians to self-determination and to preserve the territorial integrity of Syria”.

For his part, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said the crisis in southern Syria threatens Jordan’s national security, considering that the Russian presence there is a “stabilizing factor”. Safadi added: “Russia plays an important role in maintaining stability in southern Syria.”

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