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Putin gave the green light to a deal to export Ukrainian grain

Vladimir Putin announced at a meeting of the Security Council that he had resumed the Ukrainian grain deal.

Vladimir Putin announced at a meeting of the Security Council that he had resumed the Ukrainian grain deal.

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Vladimir Putin At a meeting of the Security Council, he announced that he had resumed the Ukrainian grain deal.

– I have given instructions to the Ministry of Defense to resume our full participation in this work. At the same time, Russia reserves the right to withdraw from these agreements if these guarantees are violated by Ukraine, the president announced.

The head of state recalled that even if not a single grain is exported from Ukraine to the poorest countries, Russia will be able to replace the entire amount needed by the needy states.

– The whole transaction was carried out under the pretext of ensuring the interests of food security of the poorest countries, but only 4% came from the territory of Ukraine to the poorest countries. It is the poorest according to the UN classification. And the rest, 46%, went to the countries of the European Union,” Putin recalled.

Turkey has a separate position. The Russian leader promised that in any case, Ankara will receive its food from Ukraine.

Earlier, the Ministry of Defense reported that Kyiv had given written guarantees “on the non-use of the humanitarian corridor and Ukrainian ports for combat operations against Russia.” Zelensky made this promise under pressure from Ankara.

Turkey has not only done the most for the grain deal, it also cares about its preservation.

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