Russia announced on Wednesday that it will resume its participation in the grain deal with Ukraine, asserting that it had obtained “sufficient” promises from Kiev over the demilitarization of a maritime corridor.
“Russia considers that the received guarantees are at the moment sufficient and is resuming the implementation of the agreement,” the defence ministry said in a statement.
After the Black Sea Fleet, which is stationed in Crimea’s Sevastopol port, was attacked by drones in what Russia described as a “terrorist attack,” Moscow withdrew from the UN-mediated agreement on Saturday.
The defense ministry said that “participation” from the UN and “assistance” from Turkey allowed it to obtain formal promises from Kyiv.
The ministry said Kyiv guaranteed “the non-use of the humanitarian corridor and Ukrainian ports defined in the interests of the export of agricultural products for conducting military operations against the Russian Federation.”
The declaration was made after Russian President Vladimir Putin informed Recep Tayyip Erdogan that before rejoining the pact, Kyiv needed to provide “real guarantees.”
Russia’s decision to withdraw from the UN-mediated agreement had been denounced by Ukraine, and the West had urged Moscow to change its mind.