The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia had suspended its participation in the deal to export grain across the Black Sea.
The agreement, brokered by the United Nations and Türkiye last July, aims to ease the global food crisis by opening the door to safe exports to Ukrainian grain that had been prevented by the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
It has been extended several times, but its deadline is today.
Russia has been saying for months that the conditions for the extension haven’t been met.
Russia accused Ukraine of attacking the Crimean Bridge Sunday night, killing two people.
On the other hand, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen strongly condemned Moscow’s announcement that the agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain, which is important for world food security, has effectively expired.
“I strongly condemn Russia’s brazen decision to terminate the Black Sea Grain Export Agreement, despite the efforts of the United Nations and Türkiye… The European Union strives to ensure food security for vulnerable populations on the planet,” von der Leyen wrote on Twitter.