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Russia threatens to decline the extension of the grain deal

The grain deal: Russia complains and threatens that it won’t extend the agreement. Photo: Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine

The grain deal: Russia complains and threatens that it won’t extend the agreement. Photo: Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine

The Russian side threatens to refuse to extend the grain deal in November. According to Russian media, Moscow is discontent with its implementation as regards to agricultural exports from Russia.

"We have reached an agreement, but nothing works with the Russian part (of the agreement — The Page). Not a single Russian vessel has exported Russian grain from Russian ports," RIA Novosti quotes the Russian ambassador to the UN, Vasiliy Nebenzya.

Considering this, he supposed that in November, when the initiative on safe exports of agricultural products expires, it might not be extended.

It should be noted that food products from Russia aren’t subject to sanctions, as well as there’s no blockade of Russian ports, as opposed to Ukrainian ones.

Context. On July 22, Ukraine, Turkey, and the UN signed a deal to lift the blockade on exports of Ukrainian grain.

According to official data, since August 1, when the implementation of the grain initiative started, 1.72 million tons of agricultural products have been shipped from Odesa, Chornomorsk, and Pivdennyi ports. In total, 68 vessels have sailed out of the unblocked ports, with destinations in 18 countries around the world.

On September 4, as part of the grain initiative, 13 vessels departed from Ukrainian ports at once, carrying 282 tons of food.

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