Bangkok, Nov 17 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday that “apparently Russia felt the world would not accept” its rejection of a deal to export grain from Ukrainian Black Sea ports, which was today extended for a period of four months. Was given and allows new food outlet.
Blinken insisted that a majority of leaders attending this week’s G20 meeting on the Indonesian island of Bali sent President Vladimir Putin “a clear message that he should expand the Black Sea Grain Initiative” which was about to expire. this Saturday.
“Russia has heard (the message) again and has obviously realized that the world cannot accept Moscow’s rejection of the accord,” Blinken said during a press conference in Bangkok ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Summit (APEC). Won’t.” Friday in the Thai capital.
Following the agreement, six ships left Ukrainian ports today to resume passage along the corridor, which was agreed between Moscow and Kyiv in July and was suspended by the Kremlin last weekend.
In theory, the accord was supposed to expire on November 19, so the United Nations and Turkey, which is part of the coordination and supervision of the accord, have been in intense talks with Russia and Ukraine to extend it.
Despite congratulating Putin’s decision and the UN and Turkey’s “diplomatic success”, Blinken denounced that the Russian president “continues to ignore global calls for de-escalation in the Ukraine conflict”.
The US Secretary of State also emphasized that Russia, after starting the war, is responsible for the “tragic incident” of the missiles that killed two people in Poland and for which the US criticized Ukrainian anti-aircraft defenses. Convicted.
“We have a commitment to follow the facts. But the most important fact is that regardless of the details (of the investigation) of this incident, Russia is responsible for what happened,” he said.