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Workers unload bags of grain sent from Ukraine at the World Food Program warehouse in the town of Adama, Ethiopia, September 8.

Russia will suspend participation in a UN-brokered grain export deal with Ukraine after drone attacks in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, the country’s Defense Ministry announced on Saturday.

Moscow blamed Kyiv for the attacks. CNN could not independently verify the Russian report, and Ukraine has yet to acknowledge the incident.

“Taking into account the terrorist act carried out by the Kyiv regime with the participation of British experts on October 29 of this year against ships of the Black Sea Fleet and civilian vessels involved in the security of ‘ grain corridor’, the Russian side suspended the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Great Britain has refute Moscow’s claims that Britain helped Ukraine plan Crimea drone attackssays Russia is “selling false claims on a grand scale.”

Some basic information: In July, after months of negotiations, the ministers of both Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement mediated by the United Nations and Turkey. Russia pledges to unblock Black Sea ports to allow safe passage of grains and oilseeds – some The most important export commodity of Ukraine.

The deal is expected to expire next month, and Moscow officials have cast doubt on whether they will extend their participation.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov say second that there is “a lot of work” to do before the deal can be extended. Putin consideredalso said that Moscow would close export corridors if they were used to carry out “terrorist attacks”.

Despite this, Ukraine’s infrastructure minister speak of optimism on the deal earlier this month, saying there is “no doubt that the grain corridor will continue to operate beyond November 22,” when it is set to expire.

The World Food Program estimates that tens of millions of people have moved into acute hunger as a result of the Ukraine war, and Western officials have accused Russia of using food as a weapon during the invasion. their.

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