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Kuleba responds to Russia's decision to break the grain deal

Kuleba responds to Russia's decision to break the grain deal Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba (Photo: GettyImages)
Author: RBC Ukraine

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, stated that Russia's decision to withdraw from the "grain deal" poses a clear threat to the safety of ships carrying Ukrainian grain.

"This is an explicit threat formulated in a legally neutral manner. However, it implies that Russia does not guarantee the safety of any ship attempting to transport Ukrainian grain," Kuleba said.

He added that Ukraine will consult with international maritime organizations regarding the situation.

"But overall, we must understand one simple thing: as long as Russia believes it can blackmail and impose its will, these problems will persist. We will solve this problem, but in a month or two, they will come up with another one. Therefore, the best way is to defeat Russia," he added.

Break of the "grain deal"

Following the second explosion on the Crimean Bridge, Russia announced the termination of agreements regarding the "grain deal." Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that this does not hinder the unilateral export of grain and discussed the situation with the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres.

The US State Department also stated that currently the United States and Ukraine are considering alternative ways of exporting agricultural products, such as by road or rail.