The Black Sea grain deal, which has allowed the safe export of Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea despite the ongoing war, won’t be renewed, the Kremlin has announced.
Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the deal expiring on July 17 will be “terminated”, adding Russia had not seen its demands being “fulfilled”.
Mr Peskov said: “In fact, the Black Sea agreements ceased to be valid today. Unfortunately, the part of these Black Sea agreements concerning Russia has not been implemented so far, so its effect is terminated.”
Moscow has been complaining for months about what it perceived as obstacles in its exports of grain and fertiliser.
The Kremlin spokesman continued: “As soon as the Russian part of the agreements is fulfilled, the Russian side will return to the implementation of this deal, immediately.”
Mr Peskov also noted the position of the Russian Federation on the grain deal was “absolutely unrelated” to the incident on the Crimean Bridge, believed to be a military attack carried out by Kyiv’s navy and security service forces.
He said: “These are absolutely unrelated events. Even before the terrorist attack, the position was declared by president Putin.”
Hours prior this momentous announcement by the Kremlin, a senior Russian politician had called on Moscow not to renew the deal in the wake of the incident at Kerch Bridge.
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