Russia Announces The Resumption Of Grain Operation With Ukraine

A farmer stands as he collects wheat near Mykolaiv, on July 21, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Russia confirmed on Wednesday that it was resuming its participation in the Ukraine grain deal, saying it had received “sufficient” guarantees from Kyiv on demilitarising a maritime corridor.

“Russia considers that the received guarantees are at the moment sufficient and is resuming the implementation of the agreement,” the defence ministry said in a statement.

Moscow pulled out of the UN-brokered deal on Saturday after its Black Sea Fleet based in Crimea’s Sevastopol port was targeted by drones in what Russia called a “terrorist attack.”

The defence ministry said it was able to get written guarantees from Kyiv “thanks to the participation” of the UN and “assistance” from Turkey.

The ministry said Kyiv guaranteed “the non-use of the humanitarian corridor and Ukrainian ports defined in the interests of the export of agricultural products for conducting military operations against the Russian Federation.”

The announcement came after Russian President Vladimir Putin told Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he wanted “real guarantees” from Kyiv before rejoining the deal.

Ukraine had condemned Russia’s decision to leave the UN-brokered deal, with Western countries urging Moscow to reconsider.