Ukraine says Russia has effectively halted Black Sea grain trade Ship’s crew


KIEV, May 8 (Reuters) – Russia has effectively halted the Black Sea grain deal by refusing to register incoming ships, Ukraine’s reconstruction ministry said on Monday.

Ukraine’s Black Sea ports were blocked following last year’s Russian invasion, but access to three of them was opened up last July under a Moscow-Kiev deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey.

“The Russian Federation has again effectively stopped the Grain Initiative by refusing to register incoming ships and conduct their inspections. This approach contradicts the terms of the current agreement,” the ministry said in a statement.

It said 90 vessels, including 62 loading vessels, were in Turkey’s territorial waters awaiting permission to call at Ukrainian ports.

The agreement expires on May 18. Moscow has threatened to pull out of the deal, which aims to help ease a global food crisis. Turkey and the United Nations are working on extending the agreement.

(Reporting by Olena Harmash; Editing by Tom Balmforth and Barbara Lewis)

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