Russia scolds US over UN-brokered grain deal remarks

Russia’s ambassador to Washington scolded the US on Sunday for making what he said were false assertions about Moscow’s decision to suspend its participation in a UN-brokered Black Sea grain deal.

“Washington’s reaction to the terrorist attack on the port of Sevastopol is truly outrageous,” Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said on Telegram. “We have not seen any signs of condemnation of the reckless actions by the Kyiv regime.”

“All the indications that the British military specialists were involved in organizing the massive strike with the use of drones, are disregarded,” Antonov said.

Britain has dismissed Russia’s claims as false. US President Joe Biden denounced Russia’s move on the grain deal as “purely outrageous” and said it would increase starvation.

Meanwhile, France’s foreign ministry said on Sunday that Russian accusations that Britain participated in attacks against the Nord Stream gas pipeline and Russian navy ships in Crimea are without foundation.

The accusations formed part of Moscow’s strategy “to turn attention away from its sole responsibility in the war of aggression that it is conducting against Ukraine,” the ministry’s deputy spokesperson said in a statement.

As for Poland, the foreign ministry said on Sunday that Poland and its European Union partners stand ready to provide Ukraine with further help in the transportation of essential goods after Russia pulled out of the grain deal.

Russia’s decision to exit the UN-brokered deal that enabled Ukraine to export grain via the Black Sea offered “yet more proof that Moscow is not willing to uphold any international agreements,” the ministry added on Twitter.

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