Russia-Ukraine agreement on grain export signed

Russia and Ukraine have reached a UN-backed deal to open Black Sea ports to Ukrainian grain exports. This historic agreement was completed at around eight o’clock Bangladesh time on Friday.

Turkey and the United Nations are playing an important role in signing this agreement. The deal is expected to end the global food crisis following the Russian attack on Ukraine.
Russia and Ukraine are among the world’s largest grain exporters. Defense Minister Shoigu signed the agreement on behalf of Russia in Istanbul. Ukraine’s delegation was led by Oleksandr Kubrakov, Minister of Infrastructure. At that time, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were present.

In a statement on the signing of the agreement, the UN Secretary General said that the agreement will open the way for significant food exports from Ukraine and will benefit developing countries that are on the verge of bankruptcy. He urged Russia and Ukraine to fully implement the agreement. According to the UN officials, according to the agreement, the shipping will start from Saturday.

. Ukrainian sailors will use ship maps to guide commercial ships transporting grain to avoid mines in Ukrainian ports. The ships will cross the Black Sea to Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait.Russia and Ukraine will not attack any commercial ships or ports carrying essential grain.

“Such an agreement between two warring countries is historic,” Guterres said. This will help stabilize global food prices.

On February 24, Russian forces started attacking Ukraine. Russia has stopped the export of grain to Ukraine through Black Sea ports. It has disrupted the global food supply system. Food and fuel prices have increased dramatically.

Russia’s state news agency Tass quoted a source as saying that three ports, including Odessa, Ukraine’s largest export port, will be opened under the deal.Russia worries the waterway could be used to smuggle arms into Ukraine.

Two million tons of grain are stuck in Odessa port. Apart from this, several ships are stuck in the face of obstacles of Russian forces. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said this is an important step to alleviate the current food crisis.