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Grain initiative: russia has stopped registering the incoming fleet

1 July 2023, 15:41

russia has completely stopped registering a new fleet since June 26, which indicates its intention to disrupt food supplies to world markets.

29 vessels that are supposed to export 1.4 million tons of food mainly for 5 countries in Asia and Africa, in particular China, Egypt, Bangladesh, Turkey, are blocked by russia in the territorial waters of Turkey.

In June, only 2 million tons were exported from Ukrainian ports. Another 1 million tons of food are either being loaded or have already been partially loaded on 13 vessels — the last ones registered in the framework of the initiative. If the registration of vessels is not restored, the grain transaction will be completely stopped.

In 11 months, 45 countries received 32.5 million tons of food. The world did not receive an additional 25 million tons due to russian sabotage. But even with these indicators, according to the UN, it was possible to reduce World Food prices by 22%. This is a direct indication that the world needs a grain agreement.

We support the statement of the Joint Coordination Center that all parties to the agreement should immediately ensure access to food export vessels, as this creates a food danger for the entire world market. Only through joint efforts can the world stop Russia's food blackmail.

We call on the partners of the agreement and all countries of the civilized world to defend their right to have food. Ukraine, for its part, will also defend the right to free commercial navigation, which is fixed in international conventions.

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