Moscow announced today the suspension of the grain export agreement through the Black Sea from Ukrainian ports, after denouncing that commitments with Russia. So the maritime blockade typical of a war of conquest returns. The United Nations has warned that some countries in the Middle East and Africa would face famine if kyiv could not export its products across the Black Sea.
The Kremlin announced that the suspension of the Black Sea grain agreement, negotiated by the UN and Turkey to combat a global food crisis made worse by Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, it had nothing to do with the attack on the Crimean bridge tonight.
“The Black Sea agreements ceased to be valid today,” Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov told reporters in a conference call. “Unfortunately, the part of these Black Sea agreements regarding Russia has not been implemented so far, so their effect is over.” Russia has notified Turkey, Ukraine and the UN that Moscow is against extending the agreement, said Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry.
While Russia’s food and fertilizer exports are not subject to Western sanctions imposed after the Russian invasion, Moscow has denounced restrictions on payments, logistics and insurance as a barrier to its shipments. Russia agreed three times in the past year to extend the Black Sea deal, but also briefly suspended its participation in late October in response to a attack with Ukrainian drones against its fleet in Crimea.
Many countries were awaiting the extension of this agreement, which has allowed the passage of ships among the Russian navy ships that have blockaded Ukraine’s ports since the start of the full-scale invasion of Russia in February 2022. Ships are inspected off the coast of Istanbul, among other things to ensure that they are not carrying weapons.