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Russia has halted the Grain Deal, says the ministry of infrastructure

The Joint Coordination Center (JCC) in Istanbul has announced its inability to formulate an inspection plan for June 1 due to the Russian delegation's groundless refusal to register incoming fleets for participation in the initiative, the ministry of infrastructure reported.

According to the ministry, on May 30 and 31, Russia only registered one incoming vessel for inspection to ship to the Port of Chornomorsk, while other parties to the JCC confirmed 10 vessels to three ports for participation in the Black Sea initiative. This made it impossible to develop the daily inspection plan on June 1, which has been communicated to all parties by the JCC Secretariat.

There are currently 50 vessels waiting in line for inspection in Turkish territorial waters, which are to be loaded with 2.4 million tons of food for the world. This amount is almost double what was exported in May. Some vessels have been waiting for JCC inspections for over three months, resulting in losses exceeding $1 billion and impacting the final cost of food on the global market.

What the Ukrainian party to the Grain Deal did

The Ukrainian delegation has sent a letter to the JCC Secretariat demanding the restoration of full-time work, consisting of three inspection teams and nine inspections per day, in accordance with JCC procedures. Ukrainian inspectors are currently present at the JCC and are prepared to commence work immediately upon the restoration of ship registration.

As we reported earlier, Russia agreed to extend the Grain Deal for two months on May 17.

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