Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned on Wednesday that Moscow would contemplate returning to the Ukraine grain deal if its calls for have been absolutely met, including that the settlement had misplaced all which means.
It was the primary time the Russian chief has commented since Moscow this week pulled out of the landmark settlement, which allowed cargo ships to go safely by Black Sea ports.
“The continuation of the wheat settlement has misplaced all which means. We due to this fact objected to additional proceedings. “As an alternative of serving to international locations in actual want, the West used the wheat settlement for political blackmail and, as well as, made it an instrument of enrichment for transnational firms, speculators within the world wheat market,” Putin mentioned.
He known as the “withdrawal of sanctions on Russian grain and fertilizer provides to world markets” as one of many principal circumstances. Moscow had complained for months that an settlement to permit the export of Russian meals and fertilizer had not been honored.
Putin mentioned Russia had proven “miracles of steadiness and tolerance” by extending the settlement a number of instances. However he accused Western international locations of utilizing the settlement for “political blackmail”.
“As an alternative of serving to international locations in actual want, the West used the grain deal for political blackmail and … turned it right into a software to complement transnational firms and speculators within the world grain market,” he mentioned.
Putin spoke shortly after the Russian navy mentioned cargo ships certain for Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea could be thought-about able to carrying navy cargo.
The grain deal, brokered by the UN and Turkey, had enabled the export of greater than 32 million tons of Ukrainian grain final 12 months.