Vladimir Putin DEFIES United Nations – Spits In Their Face!
(UnitedVoice.com) – According to a United Nations report, hunger increased during the COVID-19 pandemic to 828 million people around the world in 2021. From June to September 2022, alarm bells began ringing after other studies indicated the need would worsen in 20 countries. Much of the food shortages creating the problem in the Middle East and Africa are due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Western leaders have accused President Vladimir Putin of weaponizing food to pressure the West to back off its war.
On Friday, July 22, nearly five months after Russia’s attacks began on Ukraine, the two countries signed an agreement in Turkey. The deal would allow Ukraine to ship millions of tons of vital grains from Russian-blockaded southern ports along the Black Sea. Still, just one day later, Kremlin-backed forces attacked a southern Ukrainian port leading to questions about its commitment to ensuring millions of people don’t go hungry.
Putin Spit in the UN’s Face
The UN and Turkey deal comprises two agreements. The first guarantees the combatant countries will provide safe passage to cargo ships carrying grain and agricultural products from Ukrainian ports along the Black Sea. A coordination center in Istanbul, Turkey, will monitor the ships’ movements along with representatives from Ukraine and Turkey. In addition, inspection teams will examine the vessel for unauthorized cargo and persons.
The deal prohibits either party from attacking each other’s merchant ships and other civilian vessels and port facilities. The grain deal is in effect for an initial 120 days; parties can extend it.
Still, the Russian attack on Saturday may have undermined the agreement and provoked the UN’s and Turkey’s lack of trust. Newsweek reported that two Kalibr cruise missiles hit infrastructure at the port. After the alleged Kremlin-backed strike, Ukraine Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko claimed the aggression was a “spit in the face of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep (Tayyip) Erdogan.” Nikolenko added that if the deal falls apart, Russia would be at fault for worsening the food crisis.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken strongly condemned the attack and said the Russian provocation cast serious doubt on Putin’s credibility. He added that the targeted attack undermined the work of the UN, Turkey, and Ukraine to help get food to critical parts of the world where hunger was a serious issue.
Russia Says It Didn’t Violate Agreement
Before Kremlin-backed forces targeted an Odesa port, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba claimed no one had a reason to trust Russia. Instead, they were putting their hopes on the UN. Still, representatives of the aggressor country maintained the strike didn’t violate the agreement. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said the missiles destroyed Ukrainian military infrastructure at the port.
Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov confirmed that despite Russia’s hostile action in Odesa, Ukraine is preparing to ship the agricultural products as agreed.
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