The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine refuted the statement of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, that Ukraine allegedly took some new obligations to fulfill the "grain agreement".
Oleg Nikolenko, representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, stated this.
"Vladimir Putin said that Russia decided to unblock the grain agreement after Ukraine provided "guarantees" that the grain corridor would not be used for military purposes. Ukraine did not use and did not plan to use the grain corridor for military purposes. The Ukrainian side clearly adheres to the provisions of the grain agreement," Nikolenko noted. .
He reminded that within the framework of this agreement, the parties undertook to guarantee a safe and reliable environment for the functioning of the grain corridor. Ukraine has never put the grain route in danger.
"Our state did not take any new obligations that would go beyond the existing ones in the grain agreement," Nikolenko noted.
Moscow returned to the grain agreement thanks to the active diplomacy of UN Secretary General António Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the speaker added.
"In coordination with Ukraine, they found words that Putin understood. It was a position of strength, not a concession. Russia's return to fulfilling its obligations under the grain initiative clearly illustrates the effective formula: strong position + decisive actions = result," Nikolenko added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is grateful to the UN and Turkey for their leadership in restoring the functioning of the grain corridor, which plays an important role in ensuring global food security.