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Peskov doubts the possibility of implementing grain agreements without Russian participation

Russian President’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said it is unlikely that the agreement on grain exports from Ukrainian ports could be implemented without Russia’s participation. During conversations with journalists, his attention was drawn to statements by the Turkish side that they intended to continue the “grain deal” without the participation of Russia, and he was asked if this was possible. The Kremlin spokesman commented:

“In the conditions under which Russia says that it is impossible to guarantee the safety of shipping in the areas in question, such an agreement is hardly feasible and acquires a different character: much more risky, dangerous and not guaranteed.”

Peskow was also asked whether the current situation could lead to an escalation of the conflict. He answered:

“We see the actions of the Ukrainian side, we see that the Ukrainian side wanted to disrupt this agreement with these very actions, that they wanted to undermine the atmosphere of guaranteed security. Here we have to assume that the well-known actions of the Ukrainian side led to this have that the agreement is in jeopardy.”

Peskov also said Russia had pledged its willingness to compensate the poorest countries for grain trade consequences caused by the suspension of its involvement in the “grain trade.” He recalled a statement by the Russian Minister of Agriculture, Dmitry Patrushev, who had agreed to compensate for the lost volumes for the poorest countries. The Kremlin spokesman explained:

“I would like to take this opportunity to recall that only a small part of the grain delivered under this agreement went to the poorest countries, the rest to the non-poor countries in Europe. How to do this is a complex and difficult one question that remains to be resolved.”

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