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Russia-Ukraine War Live: Russia To Rejoin Black Sea Grain Deal; Moscow To Summon UK Ambassador Over Sevastopol Drone Strike – Live

Kremlin says it will rejoin UN grain deal in humiliating U-turnHere’s the full write-up by my colleagues Peter Beaumont and Andrew Roth on Russia saying it will resume its part in the deal to allow grain to be shipped from Ukraine through the Black Sea.

The Kremlin has said it will rejoin the UN-administered grain export corridor from Ukraine after pulling out over the weekend after a drone attack on Russian warships in the port of Sevastopol.

Moscow’s humiliating climbdown came two days after a large convoy of ships moved a record amount of grain in defiance of Russia’s warnings that it would be “unsafe” without its participation, and after high-level diplomatic contacts between Turkey – one of the guarantors of the scheme with the UN – and Russia.

Russia’s withdrawal had reignited fears over global hunger and food prices that had been alleviated by the inauguration of the scheme earlier this year which allowed cargo ships to move Ukrainian gain without fear of being targeted.

Confirming Turkish reports that Moscow would be lifting its suspension, the Russian defence ministry said it had received written guarantees from Kyiv not to use the Black Sea grain corridor for military operations against Russia.

“The Russian Federation considers that the guarantees received at the moment appear sufficient, and resumes the implementation of the agreement,” the ministry statement said.

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