On Saturday, Moscow suspended its participation in a crucial agreement that allowed important grain exports from Ukraine. As there have been reports of drone attacks on ships in Crimea and the Black Sea, Russia has blamed Ukraine for this violation of its shores.
Whereas Ukraine has said that the attack news is a “false pretext,” and Russia is trying to shift the attention of the world from its activities by putting a halt on the deal. Whereas Joe Biden labeled the decision of Russia as “purely outrageous,” and Antony Blinken said that Russia is now weaponizing the food as it did with energy.
Because most grain exports from Russia and Ukraine have been locked up in the political conflict, the recent deal is critical to easing the food crisis. This July deal brokered by Turkey and the UN was made to make sure grain shipments resume between the two countries – that’s expected to be enough to satisfy all of Europe.
This decision of Moscow comes a day after the UN Secretary urged both nations to renew the grain export deal. The UN Secretary had also requested the Western countries to expedite the moving of obstacles coming in the way of Russian fertilizer and grain exports.
The Russian sanctions will really affect a lot of people, especially those who are struggling to find food. The UN and Ukrainian officials worry that these enforced sanctions will worsen hunger during wartime.
This deal was the only way to move agricultural products between countries, and if it halts, many poor countries are bound to suffer.
So far, the Russian government has cleared that reason behind this decision is the attack that was carried out on their fleet. Ukrainian officials refused to comment publicly on the attack and maintained a policy of official ambiguity.
However, if the attack was in actuality carried out by the Ukrainian force, it’s clearly visible that they still are maintaining the counteroffensive approach.
This incident was one of the most recent examples of Ukrainian forces striking sensitive Russian sites from a distance with homemade drones and powerful weapons provided by Western nations.
The incident illustrated how Ukrain was getting on the front with the technology that only the Russians used to have this early in the war.
But this might have led to a new problem that many nations are trying to resolve. EU also urged Russia to renew the grain deal and resume the Ukraine grain export. EU said Russia’s decision to immediate suspension of participation in the Black Sea deal puts the main export route at risk. Due to this, a food crisis is bound to happen.
As time passes, new turns and twists keep happening in this Russia-Ukraine conflict that directly or indirectly disturbs the entire world.