Will Russia cancel the grain deal with Ukraine?

eIt was one of the demonstrations of anger Vladimir Putin typical. “We have done everything to ensure the realization of this agreement,” the Russian president said last week at the “Eastern Economic Forum” in Vladivostok. “Then it turned out that we had just screwed up, as the saying goes. Drunk. And not just us but the poorest nations under the pretext of honoring the deal. That’s clear.”

Gerhard Janac

Political correspondent for Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania based in Warsaw.

The agreement that Putin complained about applies to the export of Ukraine’s grain from three Russia Restricted Ukrainian ports: Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny. The agreement was concluded on July 22 in Istanbul mediated by the United Nations for an initial period of 120 days and, according to the formula, “can be automatically extended.” But any of the three parties – Russia, Ukraine and Turkey – could end the “Black Sea Grain Initiative” altogether or demand changes to it – and Moscow threatens to do so.

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