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EU Condemns Russia ‘s Black Sea Grain Deal Withdrawal at G20

EU Condemns Russia

The EU Condemns Russia during the annual G20 Summit in New Delhi for its withdrawal from the Black Sea grain deal, deeming Russia’s offer of a million tons of grain to African countries as disingenuous.

Charles Michel’s Rebuke

Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, condemned Russia’s actions, pointing out that the 2022 grain accord had delivered more than 30 times the volume of grain to vulnerable countries compared to what Russia offered to Africa. Addressing Moscow’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Michel said, “And what cynicism… you did not accept this.”

EU Condemns Russia’s Reasons for Withdrawal

Russia withdrew from the Black Sea grain deal in July, a year after it was brokered by the United Nations and Turkey. Moscow cited obstacles faced by its own food and fertilizer exports and alleged insufficient Ukrainian grain reaching countries in need as reasons for the exit. The Kremlin has reiterated its conditions for returning to the deal.

Port Infrastructure Concerns

Michel also raised concerns about Russia’s actions, stating, “Not only have you decided to pull out of this agreement on the Black Sea, but at the same time you are attacking the port infrastructure.” He further criticized Russia’s offer of 1 million tons of grain to African countries, calling it a “parody of generosity” and accusing Russia of showing “cynicism and contempt for African countries.” This EU Condemns Russia affected huge times

Japan-Turkey Talks

In an attempt to revive the deal, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan engaged in discussions with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. Details of their talks remain undisclosed. Japan, as the G7 presidency in 2023, expressed its readiness to contribute positively to the discussions, emphasizing its interest in the resumption of the Black Sea grain initiative for global food security.

G20 Leaders’ Declaration

The G20 nations, in their joint declaration, called for ensuring “the immediate and unimpeded deliveries of grain…to meet the demand in developing and least developed countries, particularly those in Africa.” Japan also expressed its keen interest in the revival of the Black Sea grain initiative, aligning with the global pursuit of food security.

Embassies of the involved countries in New Delhi did not immediately respond to inquiries, and there were no plans for announcements by the G7 grouping during the New Delhi summit.

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