16:28 25 Jul 2022

Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister: Ukraine to stop grain export if threatened in the Black Sea

Ukraine can stop the export of grain through the Black Sea. Such a decision may be made if there are any threats from russia in the water area

RBC-Ukraine reports it citing the briefing of the Minister of Infrastructure, Oleksandr Kubrakov.

The official commented on the shelling of the Odesa port, carried out by the occupiers resorted to on July 23. According to him, navigation through the Black Sea will continue as planned.

"This (grain export – ed.) is also important for us, as it is for the entire civilized world. You and I understand very well that if something happens in the Black Sea, then this initiative will be stopped," Kubrakov said.

The Ministry of Infrastructure's head also noted that Ukraine negotiated with the UN and Turkey, and they expressed their position regarding russia's actions.

To draw up plans for the formation of caravans, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Administration asks to submit applications for the inclusion of vessels by e-mail.

As reported by Rubryka, Ukraine signed an agreement with Turkey and the UN on July 22 on the safe export of grain through the Black Sea.

Mykhailo Podolyak, the adviser to the head of the President's Office, emphasized that Ukraine does not sign any documents with russia.

"We sign an agreement with Turkey and the UN and undertake obligations to them. russia signs a mirror agreement with Turkey and the UN," he wrote.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu signed the agreement with Turkey and the UN on behalf of russia.

The agreement will not provide for the escort of transport by russian ships and the presence of russian representatives in Ukrainian ports.

During the signing of the initiative and immediately after it, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Oleksandr Kubrakov, announced the movement of vessels could resume in the coming days.

Read Rubryka's daily timeline of war: current news on Ukraine's defense against russia's aggression.

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