Russia resumes agreement to ship grain from Ukraine

kyiv, Ukraine (HPD) — Russia agreed Wednesday to resume its participation in a UN- and Turkey-brokered deal to ship grain and other materials from Ukrainian ports, Turkey’s president said Wednesday.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar that the pact would “continue in the same way as before” from Wednesday.

According to Erdogan, the deal will prioritize shipments to African countries, including Somalia, Djibouti and Sudan, in response to Russia’s concerns that most of the grain was going to wealthier nations.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Russia agreed to resume shipments after receiving written assurances from Ukraine that it would not use the sea corridor for military action against Moscow.

Russia suspended its participation in the pact over the weekend, alleging that Ukrainian drones attacked its fleet in the Black Sea. The Russian Defense Ministry declared on Monday that maritime traffic from southern Ukrainian ports had been suspended, calling the move “unacceptable.”

The Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that Ukraine had formally committed to using the corridor “exclusively in accordance with the provisions of the Black Sea Initiative,” referring to agreements signed separately by Russia and Ukraine on July 22.

Ships loaded with grain left Ukraine on Tuesday even though Russia had suspended its participation in the deal, which sought to ensure urgent shipments of food to starving parts of the world. But the UN said the vessels would not move on Wednesday, raising fears for the future of the shipments.

The UN and Turkey in July negotiated separate deals with Moscow and kyiv to ensure that Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia receive grain and other food from the Black Sea region during Russia’s war in Ukraine.

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