Russia says it is resuming participation in Ukraine grain deal

2 November, 2022 | Pragati Singh

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Russia resumed its involvement in the Black Sea grain agreement on Wednesday, after obtaining guarantees from Ukraine that the humanitarian corridor and ports allocated for the delivery of agricult...

Russia resumed its involvement in the Black Sea grain agreement on Wednesday, after obtaining guarantees from Ukraine that the humanitarian corridor and ports allocated for the delivery of agricultural products would not be used for military purposes.

“With the help of an international organisation and Turkey, the necessary written guarantees from Ukraine on the non-use of the humanitarian corridor and Ukrainian ports designated for the export of agricultural products for military operations against the Russian Federation were obtained and submitted to the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) on November 1,” the Russian defense ministry said in a statement.

“The Russian Federation believes that the guarantees received at this time are adequate and resumes implementation of the agreement – the Initiative for the Safe Transportation of Grain and Food from Ukrainian Ports (the Black Sea Initiative) – which had been halted following the terrorist attack in Sevastopol,” the statement added.

Moscow said the Ukrainian side, in particular, officially assured that ‘the maritime humanitarian corridor will be used only in accordance with the provisions of the Black Sea Initiative and the related JCC regulation’.

The UN-mediated Black Sea Grain Initiative was signed in July during a ceremony in Istanbul. Ships bringing grain from three Ukrainian ports sail along an agreed-upon corridor to markets across the world under the terms of the agreement.

On Monday, UN officials warned the Security Council that despite the ongoing violence and the global cost of living crisis, the historic agreement to export grain and associated goods from Ukraine must be preserved.