London Daily

Focus on the big picture.

UN, Turkey, Ukraine to pause Black Sea shipments as Russia warns about security

UN, Turkey, Ukraine to pause Black Sea shipments as Russia warns about security

News comes after Moscow had warned of ‘unacceptable’ security situation.
The United Nations, Turkey and Ukraine agreed Tuesday to pause shipments of grain through the Black Sea corridor on Wednesday, after Russia warned the security of the route had become "unacceptable."

Russia recently withdrew from a deal, brokered by the U.N. and Turkey, to ensure the shipment of grain via Ukraine's Black Sea ports needed in particular to feed vulnerable countries in places like North Africa and the Middle East. The three remaining parties in the initiative have continued to send ships through the route while informing Moscow of vessel movements.

The Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) in Istanbul, set up to implement the Black Sea deal, said in a statement that the three delegations had agreed "not to plan any movement of vessels in the Black Sea Grain Initiative" on Wednesday and suspended a vessel inspection process, citing "issues related to fumigated cargo."

The announcement came after Russia's defense ministry on Monday said the security situation along the corridor had become "unacceptable," claiming "the Ukrainian government and the top brass of the Ukrainian armed forces are using it for combat actions against the Russian Federation."

The U.N. has disputed Russia's claims about Ukraine's attack: Martin Griffiths, the U.N.’s humanitarian chief, said at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Monday that no ships were in the corridor at the time the attack on Russia's navy took place.

The JCC had sent a prior statement earlier in the day on plans to try to "resume full participation" in the deal after Moscow's withdrawal and for three vessels Tuesday to begin journeys to Germany, Libya and Morocco.

The U.N. Secretariat at the Joint Coordination Centre also stressed that movements through the corridor since Russia suspended its participation are "a temporary and extraordinary measure."

Russian President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, held a call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday, during which he reiterated Moscow's claims about Ukrainian security threats and false accusations that the grain deal had mainly been used to benefit rich nations, according to the Kremlin.
Newsletter

Related Articles

London Daily
0:00
0:00
Close
World Court Orders Immediate Halt to Israeli Offensive in Gaza
Understanding FLiRT COVID Variants and Their Impact
Baltic NATO Members to Construct 'Drone Wall'
Global Life Expectancy Dropped By 2 Years Due To COVID-19
Macron Halts New Caledonia Voting Reform After Riots
Rishi Sunak Shelves Rwanda and Smoking Policies Ahead of Election
US Refuses World Court Jurisdiction
China Conducts Surprise Military Drills Around Taiwan
Grim Polls Predict Major Loss for PM Rishi Sunak
Rishi Sunak's Campaign for UK Election: Key Issues Highlighted
German Property Crisis Worsens as Foreign Investment Declines
Princess of Wales's Taskforce Calls for Business Investment in Early Childhood
Campaign Groups Condemn UK Report on Protests
Former Royal Marine Charged with Espionage Found Dead
Australian PM Calls for Julian Assange's Freedom
ICC Seeks Arrest Warrants for Israeli and Hamas Leaders
UK's Infected Blood Scandal: Conclusion Nears After Seven Years
Julian Assange Granted Right to Challenge US Extradition
Congo Army Thwarts Attempted Coup Involving Americans and a British Citizen
Ireland's Homeless Gain Voting Rights
Blinken orders crackdown on Israel-Hamas leaks
Julian Assange Faces US Extradition: Key Facts
Jacob Zuma Takes Campaign to ANC Stronghold Soweto
Attempted Assassination of Slovakia PM Robert Fico: Investigation Ongoing
What Happens If an Iranian President Dies in Office?
Spain Recalls Ambassador After Argentina President's Remarks
Rishi Sunak Faces Cabinet Backlash Over Proposed Changes to Foreign Student Visas
Rwanda Denies Entry to Human Rights Researcher
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi Reportedly Killed in Helicopter Crash
Blue Origin Resumes Space Tourism with 90-Year-Old Ed Dwight
Rishi Sunak and Wife Akshata Murty Wealthier Than King Charles
New Dutch Government Drives Wedge Through EU Liberals
Iranian President Raisi Missing After Helicopter Goes Down
Freemasons and ‘Global War Party’ Accused of Conspiring Against Georgia
Poland Supports Rolls-Royce's Nuclear Power Plant Initiative
European Ports Overflow with Unsold Electric Vehicles
Esprit Files for Bankruptcy in Europe, Putting Hundreds of Jobs at Risk
Chevron Halts North Sea Drilling Amid Rising Tax Burden
Jeremy Hunt Accused of Exaggerating Conservatives' Economic Record
Victoria Atkins Discusses Historical Gender Bias in the NHS
Dublin and Monaghan Bombings 50th Anniversary: Calls for Justice
Rishi Sunak and Akshata Murty’s Wealth Rises to £651 Million
New Caledonia Riots Escalate After French Voting Rights Change
Renters Face Fierce Competition as Listing Times Shrink
Surge in Fake Science: 19 journals shut down due to fraudulent papers from 'paper mills'
Global Birthrates Decline, Raising Economic and Social Concerns
Boeing Faces Possible Prosecution Over 737 MAX Settlement Violation
Prisoner Escapes in France as Two Officers Killed in Van Ambush
German Court Rules AfD Can Be Monitored for Extremism
Jacob Rees-Mogg Criticizes Bank of England’s Inflation Strategy
×