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Oct. 30 () –
The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union, Josep Borrell, has asked the Russian government this Sunday to reverse its decision to abandon the indirect agreement with Ukraine to allow the export of grain from Ukrainian ports during the war, adopted by Moscow after denouncing a “terrorist attack” by kyiv in the Crimean port of Sevastopol against the ships participating in this initiative.
The decision suspends an agreement, adopted in July thanks to the mediation of Turkey, considered by the United Nations as essential to provide urgent food aid to millions of people.
Russia, for its part, argues that the attack on the port means that it can no longer guarantee the safe departure of the ships participating in the operation.
The attack, according to Moscow, began at 4:20 a.m. in Sevastopol and involved “nine unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as seven autonomous marine drones.” “All air targets were eliminated,” Moscow stressed, stressing that “the preparations for the attack were directed by British specialists,” according to media related to the Kremlin.
Meanwhile, Ukraine has denied any responsibility and accuses Moscow of using a “false pretext” to blackmail the international community.
Borrell, on his Twitter account, argues that Russia’s decision to abandon the agreement “endangers the main export route” not only of Ukrainian grain, but also of Russian fertilizers that were part of the pact signed in Istanbul.
“The European Union urges Russia to reverse its decision,” the European Union’s top diplomatic official said on his Twitter account.