Putin requires overview of Ukraine grain deal, accuses West of deception By Reuters


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By Pavel Polityuk

KYIV (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin mentioned on Wednesday he wished to debate reopening a U.N.-brokered deal that enables Ukraine to export its grain by way of the Black Sea after accusing Kyiv and the West of utilizing it to deceive creating nations and Russia.

Putin’s criticism, which alleged that the deal was delivering grain, fertiliser and different foodstuffs to the European Union and Turkey on the expense of poor nations, is more likely to elevate fears that the pact may unravel if it can’t be efficiently renegotiated.

Ukraine, whose ports had been blockaded by Russia because it invaded in February, mentioned the phrases of the settlement have been being strictly noticed and there have been no grounds to renegotiate it.

The settlement, facilitated by the United Nations and Turkey in July, created a protected export hall by way of the Black Sea for Ukrainian grain after Kyiv misplaced entry to its principal export route when Russia attacked Ukraine by way of land, air and sea.

The settlement, designed to assist ease world meals costs by rising provides of grain and oilseeds, has been the one diplomatic breakthrough between Moscow and Kyiv in additional than six months of battle.

Moscow mentioned on the time that one of many principal causes it signed the deal was as a result of it wished to assist creating nations stave off meals shortages.

However Putin mentioned on Wednesday that Ukraine and the West weren’t honouring its phrases and that a lot of the grain was going to the EU, to not poorer nations, one thing the Russian chief mentioned must change if what he known as an “unprecedented humanitarian disaster” was to be averted.

“I met with the leaders of the African Union, with the leaders of African nations, and promised them that we’d do every part to make sure their pursuits and facilitate the export of Ukrainian grain,” Putin instructed an financial discussion board in Russia’s Far East area.

But when shipments to Turkey as an middleman nation have been excluded he mentioned that solely two out of 87 shipments had fallen beneath the U.N. World Meals Programme, representing simply 60,000 tonnes or 3% of the overall 2 million tonnes exported up to now.

“We’re honouring the agreements. (However) it seems….that they (the West) have simply royally screwed us over and never simply us however the poorest nations whose pursuits have been the pretext for doing all this.”

There have been roughly 70 ships stranded in Ukraine when Russia invaded in February, a few of which had already been loaded with grain, with contracts already signed. A few of these contracted cargoes have been the primary to maneuver.

Putin spoke about probably proscribing grain and meals exports to the EU and promised to debate the matter with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who helped dealer the unique deal.


A Ukrainian presidential adviser responded by saying that Russia had no grounds to overview the landmark pact and that the phrases of the wartime settlement have been being strictly noticed.

“I consider that such sudden and groundless statements moderately point out an try to seek out new aggressive speaking factors to affect world public opinion and, above all, put strain on the United Nations,” mentioned Mykhailo Podolyak, the adviser.

Ukraine hopes to export 60 million tonnes of grain in eight to 9 months, presidential financial adviser Oleh Ustenko mentioned in July, cautioning that these exports may take as much as 24 months if ports don’t operate correctly.

In accordance with the United Nations, 88 ships have sailed or are resulting from sail from Ukraine beneath the deal up to now, and of these two have been World Meals Programme ships – certainly one of which went to Djibouti, the opposite to Yemen.

Of these 88 ships probably the most grain – 368,407 tonnes – has gone or is because of go to Turkey. Round 757,697 tonnes in whole is listed as going to European Union members although some shipments are additionally going to different nations together with China, India, Iran, Egypt and Sudan.

Putin complained that one other a part of the deal meant to ease restrictions for Russian meals exporters and shippers was not being carried out both.

Russian International Minister Sergei Lavrov solid doubt on the deal too a day earlier, accusing Western states of failing to honour reciprocal pledges to assist facilitate Moscow’s shipments.


Ukrainian officers in the meantime remained guarded about how a counter offensive on the battlefield was faring.

Luhansk area Governor Serhiy Gaidai instructed Ukrainian tv, with out giving places, {that a} “counter-attack is underway and … our forces are having fun with some success. Let’s go away it at that”.

However an official with the pro-Moscow self-proclaimed Donetsk Individuals’s Republic on Tuesday supplied extra element and mentioned there was combating at Balakliia, an japanese city of 27,000 people who lies between Kharkiv and Russian-held Izyum, a metropolis with a serious railway hub utilized by Moscow to produce its forces.

“Right this moment, the Ukrainian armed forces, after extended artillery preparation … started an assault on Balakliia … ” Daniil Bezsonov mentioned on Telegram, including that if the city have been misplaced, Russian forces in Izyum would change into susceptible on their northwest flank.

“At the moment, Balakliia is in operative encirclement and throughout the firing vary of Ukrainian artillery. All approaches are minimize off by fireplace,” he mentioned.

Russia says it has repelled an assault within the south and has not reported any territorial losses.

Reuters was unable to independently confirm these battlefield accounts.

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