Russia disrupts the "Grain deal": the Ministry of Infrastructure reveals details
Russia has blocked registration and inspections of incoming fleets under the Grain Deal. Thus, Russia has effectively suspended the agreement.
This was reported by the Ministry of Infrastructure. It noted that this approach "completely contradicts the terms of the current agreement". The UN and Turkey are now expected to respond to the actions of the Russian side.
"The Russian Federation has once again effectively stopped the Grain Initiative by refusing to register ships for entry and conduct inspections. Russia's destructive policy makes it impossible to draw up an inspection plan in accordance with the procedures of the Joint Coordination Centre, which provide for daily coordination by all parties of the inspection plan for both outbound and inbound shipments," the statement said.
It is emphasised that as of May 8, 90 vessels are awaiting inspection in Turkish territorial waters. Of these, 62 are being loaded.
"Inspections of both the incoming and outgoing fleet have been suspended. In April, exports of Ukrainian agricultural products via the grain corridor did not reach 3 million tonnes. Ukraine categorically rejects Russia's attempts to stop the registration and inspection of the incoming fleet, which should be carried out in accordance with the Initiative, which is working. We are waiting for the position of our partners, the UN and Turkey," the ministry said.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia could withdraw from the grain deal after 60 days following its extension on March 18. The reason for this is his dissatisfaction with the fact that 45% of the total volume of grain exported by Ukraine allegedly goes to "well-fed Europe", while only 3% goes to "hungry Africa". After withdrawing from the agreement, Putin intends to supply Africa with the grain it has not received from Ukraine free of charge.
The Russian government has also threatened to withdraw from the grain deal. It promises to do so if Russia's conditions are not met, including the resumption of the Togliatti-Odesa ammonia pipeline. Other demands include:
- reconnecting Rosselkhozbank to SWIFT;
- resumption of supplies of agricultural machinery, spare parts and service;
- cancellation of restrictions on insurance and reinsurance of vessels carrying Russian food and fertilisers, as well as lifting the ban on access to ports for such vessels;
- unblocking foreign assets and accounts of Russian companies related to the production and transportation of food and fertilisers.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, for his part, Turkish President Recep Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that the grain corridor may cease to exist on May 18. According to him, this will happen if the negotiations on the agreement between Ukraine and Russia are unsuccessful.
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