Whether Russia will pursue the grain deal after Nov. 18 depends on its full implementation, regardless of Moscow’s decision to resume participation in it at this stage. This was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko on Wednesday, November 2.
According to him, on the eve of Russia just suspended participation in the grain deal, and now it has resumed, informs TASS. When a decision is made to extend, all related issues will be taken into account. The main one is the implementation of the already concluded deal in full – both on the part of Russia and Ukraine. “Unfortunately, we see a big disproportion here: the Russian part is being sold very badly in terms of exporting Russian grain, food and fertilizers, we will take this into account,” the diplomat said.
In addition, Rudenko noted that Kyiv had provided Moscow with guarantees that there would be no more attacks using infrastructure for the export of grain in the Black Sea. “We have clear guarantees from Ukraine that such attacks will not be repeated,” the deputy minister said.
Earlier it became known that Russia was satisfied not so much with written guarantees from Kyiv, but rather with Turkish and UN assurances as guarantors of the “grain deal”. This was stated by the first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs. “I don’t think that it was Kyiv’s guarantees that suited Russia. Ankara, together with the UN, acted as a guarantor for the resumption of the “grain deal”. Ukraine, first of all, had to give obligations to them and would be responsible in case of violations,” he said.
Prior to this, the RF Ministry of Defense announced that Russia was resuming its participation in the Istanbul “grain deal”, having received sufficient guarantees from Kyiv.