Grain deal will act despite Russian threats – UN
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Moscow declares its desire to control the passage of ships through the grain corridor. The UN inspectors, together with Turkey, are preparing to seize this initiative.
The United Nations (UN) sees the grain deal as valid despite Russia's threats. Martin Griffiths, Deputy Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, said this at a briefing after a meeting of the UN Security Council.
“We firmly believe that the Black Sea grain initiative remains in force, despite the suspension of Russia's participation in it,” — he said.
UN inspectors will check ships carrying grain from Ukrainian ports.
Griffiths focused on the fact that Moscow did not terminate the grain deal and did not withdraw from it, but only suspended participation in it for an indefinite period.
“As a result of this, we continue to send vessels moving from Ukraine through this initiative. Together with Turkey, where possible, and with Ukraine, we will check these vessels,” the UN Deputy Secretary General explained.The UN will interact with the Russians as intermediaries and resolve the issues raised by it.
“The sooner we can fully restore Russia's participation, the better,” Griffiths concluded.
According to the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Russia blocked 218 ships that carried agricultural products under the grain agreement.
UN Secretary General António Guterres postponed participation in the Arab League summit when he learned about Russia's withdrawal from the grain deal. Turkey convinces the Russian Federation to change its mind and believes in the success of the negotiations.