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Russia suspends Ukraine grain export deal after attack on Crimea

2022-10-30 08:42:41       source:Politico

October 29, 2022

The Russian government said it suspended indefinitely a months-old deal allowing grain shipments to leave Ukraine's ports, citing an attack on a base in occupied Crimea as the reason.

According to a statement issued Saturday by Russia's foreign ministry, Moscow “suspends participation” for an "indefinite period" in a deal brokered by the U.N. to make sure agricultural products made in Ukraine can reach global markets.

The deal is considered critical to global food security given Ukraine's role as a major producer of grain, which is then normally shipped via the Black Sea to markets worldwide, especially in Africa and the Middle East.

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