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Russia and Ukraine sign deal to allow grain exports by sea

Russia and Ukraine sign deal to allow grain exports by sea

The “mirror” agreements that Ukraine and Russia have signed will let Kyiv begin grain shipments through the Black Sea. Millions of tonnes of grain that are currently being stuck in Ukraine by the fighting will now be able to be exported. Millions are at risk of going hungry due to the global shortage of Ukrainian grain since Russia’s invasion on February 24. Although Kyiv warned that “provocations” would be addressed with “an urgent military response,” it declined to sign a straight agreement with Moscow. The signing ceremony was held in Istanbul, however, neither side sat at the same table. Sergei Shoigu, the Minister of Defense of Russia, and Oleksandr Kubrakov, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, respectively, signed the agreement in Moscow first. A global food crisis has resulted from the embargo on Ukraine’s grain, with the price of wheat-based goods like bread and pasta rising along with the cost of cooking oils and fertilizer. White House spokesman John Kirby said the US was urging Russia to move fast to avoid the most vulnerable people in the world from slipping into deeper insecurity and starvation.

Diplomats claim that following the agreement’s terms:

• While cargo is in transit, Russia won’t attack ports. • Ukrainian ships will direct cargo ships through mined waterways.

• Turkey will inspect ships with UN backing to alleviate Russian concerns about arms smuggling.

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• Black Sea grain and fertilizer exports from Russia will be made easier. According to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, it was likely the most significant action he had taken while leading the international organization. The mere possibility of releasing more than 20 million tonnes of grain from Ukraine caused wheat prices to fall 2% on Friday. President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine stated in his Friday night speech that the nation had roughly $10 billion (£8.3 billion) worth of grain to sell.

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