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MOSCOW — Russia says it will suspend participation in UN-brokered deals to secure Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Moscow will end the grain deal for an “unspecified period”.
The move comes hours after Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed it had largely repelled a series of Ukrainian drone attacks on Russian ships in the Black Sea.
Kyiv officials accused Moscow of creating a “false pretext” to block the grain corridor.
In recent weeks, Russia has threatened to terminate the deal over complaints that the deal opened up Ukrainian grain shipments but failed to deliver on promises to allow Russian fertilizer and food exports.
The United Nations has called on both parties to refrain from jeopardizing agreements that feed millions of people around the world. According to the United Nations, more than 9 million tonnes of grains and other foodstuffs have been exported under the agreement, helping to lower the prices of wheat and other commodities.