State Department: Breaking the grain deal could have global consequences
"This is a global problem, not just a regional one: The U.S. State Department emphasizes the need to resume grain supplies from Ukraine through the Black Sea," said Deputy State Department Spokesperson Vedant Patel.
"Of course, our goal is to ensure the widest possible access to grain for countries that need it. This is not only a problem at the regional level, such as Eastern Europe or Africa, it is a global challenge," - said the representative of the U.S. Department of State.
He emphasized that Ukrainian grain and food products are "extremely important."
"We continue to urge Russia to return to this agreement," - Patel said.
On July 17, Russia formally announced its withdrawal from the grain deal, justifying it by the repeated blowing up of the Crimean bridge. In this regard, Moscow withdrew security guarantees for navigation in the Black Sea.
On the same day, Zelenskyy proposed to extend the grain deal without Russian participation, using the support of Turkey and the UN.
The Black Sea Grain Initiative, signed with the mediation of the UN and Turkey in July of the previous year, helped unblock three Ukrainian ports for food exports. The grain corridor was opened on August 1, 2022.