Ukrainian-born American Congresswoman Victoria Spartz called on the UN to suspend the “grain agreement” until better security for Ukraine is guaranteed, and to send ships to the Black Sea to ensure the operation of humanitarian corridors.
This is stated in letter American legislator, addressed to the UN Secretary General, Ukrinform reports.
“I am very disappointed with the lack of an active leadership role of the UN to stabilize the situation in Ukraine,” Spartz said.
She said that after Russia fired missiles at the Odessa port immediately after the signing of the “grain agreement”, the potential consequences of such an agreement without proper implementation mechanisms “could be very costly for Ukraine.”
Therefore, according to Spartz, since the Russian Federation has received a significant lifting of sanctions, and in fact increased the ability to blackmail Europe, “this agreement should be suspended until better security measures are provided for Ukraine.”
“I urge you to deploy UN ships in the Black Sea to provide humanitarian corridors. Otherwise, due to such an agreement, Ukraine will be exposed to an increased risk of bombardment and destruction of its ports after the departure of the ships,” Spartz stressed.
She also called on the UN leadership to work actively to restore international order, peace and security.
As Ukrinform reported, on July 22 in Istanbul, on the proposals UN Ukraine, Turkey and UN Secretary General António Guteres signed the Initiative for the safe transportation of grain and food products from the Ukrainian ports of Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny. As of July 29, 17 vessels have been loaded in the ports of Odessa and Chornomorsk, 10 of which are already ready for shipment.