UKRAINE’S GRAIN DEAL CONTINUES DESPITE RUSSIA’S PULL OUT.
The UN-led Centre Co-ordinating the Black Sea Grain Export Deal said three more vessels left Ukrainian ports yesterday, despite a Russian decision to suspend its backing of the scheme.
Reports say, the centre said the ships movement had been agreed by Ukraine, Turkey and UN, while Russia has been informed.
Russia halted its backing for the deal on Saturday, accusing Ukraine of suing a safety corridor to attack its fleet while the UN says there were no ships inside the corridor that night.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of “blackmailing the World with hunger” a claim Russia denies.
Meanwhile in a phone call with his Turkish counterpart, Russian president Vladimir Putin said he would only consider resuming the grain deal after an investigation into the Crimea attack had been completed .