Russia says it won't allow ships to cross the Black Sea without inspection

Navios de grãos ucranianos em Istanbul, após saída pelo Mar Negro e passagem pelo Estreito de Bósforo
Ukrainian grain ships in Istanbul after leaving the Black Sea and passing through the Bosphorus Strait | Photo: EFE/EPA/ERDEM SAHIN

Russia declared this Monday (31) that Ukraine’s grain export agreement cannot continue to function without your participation and said that it will not allow ships that do not have been inspected by its specialists to cross the Black Sea.

377926715The announcement was made by Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya at a Security Council meeting convened by Russia following the drone attack on its Black Sea fleet and the subsequent decision to suspend the agreement it had signed with Ukraine, the UN and Turkey to facilitate the export of Ukrainian grain.

377926715Nebenzya accused Ukraine of using this mechanism for military purposes and said that his country cannot allow the passage of vessels that it has not inspected, which is why it will have to take its own “measures control” if traffic continues.

377926715“We will give details of our approach to this in the very near future”, explained the diplomat, who regretted that the coordination center in Istanbul had approved some ships without Russian permission.31161438

Despite the withdrawal of Russia from the pact, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN this Monday approved the transport of 16 bulk carriers, 12 of them from Ukrainian ports and four on their way to Ukraine for loading, and they plan to continue inspections of more waiting ships.

377926715 In this context, Nebenzya stressed that decisions taken without Russia do not oblige her to anything and insisted that the Black Sea Agreement cannot be implemented without your participation.

The Russian ambassador repeated to the Security Council the allegations made in recent days by the s US government, which claims that the maritime drones used on Saturday against Russian ships in the port of Sevastopol used the so-called “grain corridor”, the Black Sea security zone for the export of Ukrainian grain.

377926715Moscow maintains that at least one of the devices may have been launched from a merchant ship sailing under the Black Sea Agreement, and has decided that it cannot continue at sea for the time being, although it has not announced a definitive exit.377926715

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