The Russian leadership is considering not renewing the agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain. “I don’t know, because the second part of the agreement is not being complied with,” Yuri Ushakov, adviser to Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, replied to the Interfax news agency on Thursday when asked by journalists whether the grain deal would be continued in its current form. In the contract, Russia has committed itself to ending the blockade of Ukrainian seaports for grain exports, but in return wants easier exports of fertilizers and food.
As a result of the Russian war of aggression that began at the end of February, tons of grain were blocked in the ports of Ukraine for months. Since July, three Ukrainian seaports have been reopened for food exports in order to ease the situation on world markets. The ships are guided through a corridor in the Black Sea. The mediator of the agreement is Turkey. However, at the beginning of September Putin had already criticized the agreement as a “rip-off” because the promises to relax sanctions against Russia had not been kept.