Russia disrupts Black Sea grain deal

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Russia has officially withdrawn from a United Nations-backed deal that allowed Ukrainian grain exports across the Black Sea. The deal, brokered by the UN and Turkey in July of the previous year, had been extended multiple times. However, Russia complained about obstacles to its grain and fertilizer exports and stated that its demands were unmet. Russia’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said they would consider returning to the deal once their conditions were fulfilled. Moscow had already informed Ukraine, Turkey, and the UN of its opposition to extending the grain deal. The decision to withdraw was not linked to a recent attack on the bridge between Russia and Crimea, which Russia termed a “terrorist act” and blamed on Ukraine. The last bulk carrier under the deal departed from Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa to the Netherlands. The initiative facilitated the export of nearly 33 million tonnes of food commodities from Ukraine.

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