European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs Joseph Borrell on Saturday strongly condemned the Russian attack on the Ukrainian port of Odessa and criticized Moscow for aggression against a key grain export destination, a day after signing a deal to block Ukrainian grain exports. Former Soviet Republic.
“The EU strongly condemns the Russian missile attack on the port of Odessa. The attack on a key grain export target a day after the signing of the Istanbul Agreements is particularly reprehensible and demonstrates once again Russia’s total disregard for international law and commitments,” Borrell wrote on Twitter.
Ukrainian officials announced Saturday a Russian attack on the commercial port of Odesa, a key point for grain exports across the Black Sea.
“The enemy attacked the commercial port with Kalibr-type cruise missiles. Two missiles were shot down by Ukrainian defenses and two hit the port’s infrastructure,” Ukrainian sources in Odesa said, as reported by Ukrinform – EFE.
Ugrinfarm recalls the important role of this port for grain exports, as well as the agreement concluded with Russia in this sector in Istanbul on Friday, according to EFE, as quoted by Agerpres.
The deal, brokered by Turkey and the United Nations, provides a sea route to ease a food crisis caused by Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea.
The UN Secretary General condemns the attack “unequivocally”.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “unequivocally” condemns Saturday’s reported missile attack against Ukraine’s Odesa port. Bohr, AFP and Reuters report.
“The Secretary-General unequivocally condemns the strikes announced today at Ukraine’s Odesa port,” spokesman Farhan Haq said in a statement.
“Full implementation (of the agreement) by the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Turkey is essential,” the statement added.
“These products are desperately needed to respond to the global food crisis and ease the suffering of millions of people around the world,” the noted text added.
The agreement, which has been intensively negotiated since April at the initiative of Antonio Guterres, should ease the situation of countries that depend on the Russian and Ukrainian markets, which represent 30% of the world grain market.
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