Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vasyl Nebenzya, said that Moscow will not recognize agreements on the export of grain from Ukraine without its participation. Nebenzya stated this at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Monday.
"We proceed from the fact that the "Black Sea Initiative" concluded between Russia, Turkey and Ukraine under the assurance of the UN on July 22 should not be carried out without us, and the decisions and measures taken without our participation do not oblige us to anything," he said.
Nebenzya also mentioned Ukraine's alleged attack on Russian warships in Sevastopol, which he called "a gross violation of the "grain agreement", which effectively puts an end to the humanitarian dimension of the agreements in Istanbul."
"Given this, the Russian side cannot guarantee the safety of civilian courts participating in the Black Sea Initiative," he said.
The Russian diplomat expressed surprise that after the suspension of the Russian Federation's participation in the "grain agreement", other parties - Turkey, Ukraine and the UN - agreed on the movement of several vessels through the Black Sea. He stated that such decisions "do not oblige us to anything".
"At the same time, taking into account the facts of the abuse of the "grain corridor" and the basic fact that the Black Sea is still a war zone, we cannot allow the unhindered movement of ships without our supervision. And we will be forced to take measures to control what was allowed by the Joint Coordination Center without our consent," he believes.