The repercussions of Moscow’s withdrawal from the wheat agreement continue in response to attacks in Crimea.
After the European Union announced on Saturday its support for the United Nations efforts to maintain in force the agreement on the export of Ukrainian wheat, stressing that neither party has the right to take action that hinders the agreement, the United States commented on the matter.
A spokesman for the National Security Council in the White House believed that Russia is using “food as a weapon”.
Adrienne Watson stated in a statement that Russia is trying again to use the war that began as an excuse to use food as a weapon, which directly affects countries in terms of food needs and prices in all over the world, and aggravates the already serious humanitarian crises and food insecurity, as you said.
While Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expected a strong response from the United Nations and the Group of 20 to Russia’s withdrawal.
This came as the United Nations made it clear that they were communicating with Russia following its decision to suspend participation in the wheat deal.
He added that all parties should avoid any situation that hinders the export of grain from the Black Sea.
These developments came just hours after Russia officially announced the suspension of its participation in the grain export agreement signed in Istanbul last July. in response to attacks on its ships in Crimea.
Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyansky, said on Saturday that his country has officially informed the international organization of the suspension of its participation in the implementation of the agreement to export grain across the Black Sea from the ports of the Ukraine and called for a session of the UN Security Council on Monday to discuss an attack that caused the suspension of its participation in the agreement.
In turn, the Russian Foreign Ministry has indefinitely confirmed the suspension of participation in the agreement, noting that the safety of ships in the Black Sea could not be guaranteed due to the Ukrainian attacks.
The largest attack of the gears
Interestingly, Crimea witnessed the largest onslaught of demonstrations since the start of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in February early Saturday, with Russia pointing the finger at Britain.
The Russian Defense Ministry also confirmed that the Ukrainian attack on the Black Sea fleet was prepared by British specialists, accusing London of responsibility.
He indicated that the ships targeted by the marches in the Gulf of Sevastopol in Crimea are part of the Ukrainian grain export agreement, claiming that a minesweeper belonging to the fleet was damaged, Sputnik reported.
In turn, Mikhail Razvogaev, the governor of the pro-Moscow city of Sevastopol, announced today that the Ukrainian attack on the Black Sea fleet structures was the “biggest” since the conflict began. in Ukraine.
UN sponsored agreement
He added that it was carried out via drones and remotely piloted surface vehicles, over the waters of the Gulf of Sevastopol, the largest city on the peninsula that Russia annexed to its territory in 2014.
The Russian fleet stationed in that city’s port was also the target of an attack in march last July. Saki airbase was also attacked in August.
Interestingly, the wheat export agreement was signed on July 22 in Istanbul under the auspices of the United Nations, as Ukraine was in able to resume its grain and fertilizer exports across the Black Sea, which were halted when Russia began its military operations on February 24.
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