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Russia says grain shipments to the Black Sea are "risky" without your security guarantee

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Russia said on Monday it would be risky for Ukraine to continue exporting grain across the Black Sea now that Moscow has suspended its participation in a UN-brokered deal to facilitate shipments.

“In conditions in which Russia speaks of the impossibility of guaranteeing the safety of maritime transport in these areas, such an agreement is hardly feasible and acquires a different character: much more risky, dangerous and without guarantees,” the spokesman for the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov.

Peskov blamed the actions of the Ukrainian side for disrupting the deal. Russia said on Saturday it was suspending its participation after an attack on its Black Sea fleet.

kyiv has accused Moscow of “blackmailing the world with hunger.”

Peskov said Russian contacts with Turkey and the United Nations, which brokered the grain export deal in July, were continuing. He declined to comment when asked what would have to happen, from Russia’s point of view, for the deal to resume.

Twelve grain ships left Ukrainian ports on Monday, despite Russia’s withdrawal from the deal.

The move has drawn protest from Ukraine, NATO, the European Union and the United States. US President Joe Biden on Saturday called Russia’s move “purely outrageous” and said it would increase famine. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused Moscow of turning food into weapons.

(Information from Reuters; edited in Spanish by Benjamín Mejías Valencia)




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