Black Sea Grain Deal Not Being Fulfilled: Ukraine

A deal allowing the safe wartime export of grain and fertilizer from Ukrainian Black Sea ports has not yet resumed full operations, having come to a halt before Russia’s decision last week to extend it.

The pact called the Black Sea Grain Initiative, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey last July with Russia and Ukraine to try to ease a global food crisis aggravated by Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, covers three ports, but no ships have been authorized to travel to Pivdennyi port since April 29th.

The United Nations and Turkey say they are working closely with the rest of the parties with the aim to resume full operations, and lift all impediments that obstruct operations and limit the scope of the Initiative.

Last week, Ukraine accused Russia of effectively cutting Pivdennyi port out of the Black Sea deal as Russia complained that it had been unable to export ammonia via a pipeline to Pivdennyi under the agreement.

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