Amidst the storm of accusations made against it by many Western countries in the past two days, following the suspension of the agreement on the export of wheat from Ukraine, Russia confirmed today, Tuesday, its willingness to help the ” countries in need “.
Russia’s permanent representative in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said his country is ready to supply 500,000 tons of wheat.
#Russia is ready to supply 500,000 tons of #grain free of charge to countries in need (to count out the western states who so far it has gotten the most of supplies via the Ukraine grain export corridor).
– Mikhail Ulianov (@Amb_Ulyanov) October 31, 2022
He also added in a tweet on his Twitter account that these quantities of wheat will reach countries in need for free.
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The West had criticized Moscow for suspending the implementation of this agreement, accusing it of exacerbating the problem of food security globally, in particularly for Africa and other countries in via development, which were strongly affected by the start of the Russian military operation on Ukrainian soil, on February 24, in terms of grain import, in particular grain, and rising prices globally.
Interestingly, Russia’s decision to suspend the initiative came after announcing on Sunday that it found the wreckage of the drones that attacked its fleet last Saturday in Sevastopol. in Crimea, noting that it used the designated safe passage for grain export. He raised the possibility that one of those drones was launched from one of the civilian vessels chartered under the Black Sea Initiative. This accusation was also repeated in front of the Security Council on Monday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin asked Kiev to guarantee the safety of ships passing through the grain export corridor, considering it a “threat to the safety of city ships”.
However, despite the Russian decision, the movement of ships resumed yesterday in the Black Sea with the support of the United Nations and Turkey, while Moscow warned of the “danger” of continuing to implement the agreement without its participation.
Interestingly, the initiative to export Ukrainian wheat across the Black Sea, which is controlled by Russian ships, ended last July under the auspices of the United Nations and Turkey, reducing food security problems, especially in some parts of the world in via development which are heavily dependent on grain imports.
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