SOCHI, Sep 4 Russia initially agreed to participate in the grain deal, as it was promised the fulfillment of a number of obligations towards the Russian Federation, but this has not been fulfilled, the president said Russian Vladimir Putin.
“As for the resumption of the grain deal, I have already said that I am unlikely to be able to add anything here, we initially agreed to participate in it, including because we agreed, through the mediation of the President of Turkey, with the UN, the fulfillment of a number of obligations in the interests of the Russian side After the deal came to an end, no obligations towards Russia were fulfilled,” Putin said after a meeting with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Putin added that then the Russian Federation was asked to extend the deal with a promise to immediately fulfill everything. “We extended it, again no one did anything,” he said.
The grain deal ceased on July 18, the Russian Federation notified Turkey, Ukraine and the UN of its objection to its extension. Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously noted that the terms of the deal with Russia were not kept, despite the efforts of the UN, because Western countries were not going to keep their promises. Putin has repeatedly pointed out that the West exported most of the Ukrainian grain to their states, and the main goal of the deal – the supply of grain to countries in need, including African ones – was never realized.