Russia Halts UN’s Black Sea Grain Deal Following Crimean Bridge Terror Attack

Previously: NATO Terrorists Bomb Crimean Bridge Again!



Russia halted participation on Monday in the year-old U.N.-brokered deal which lets Ukraine export grain through the Black Sea, just hours after a blast knocked out Russia’s bridge to Crimea in what Moscow called a strike by Ukrainian sea drones.

Russia said two civilians were killed and their daughter wounded in what Moscow cast as a terrorist attack on the road bridge, a major artery for Russian troops fighting in Ukraine.

The Kremlin said there was no link between the attack and its decision to suspend the grain deal, over what it called a failure to meet its demands to implement a parallel agreement easing rules for its own food and fertilizer exports.

In fact, the Black Sea agreements ceased to be valid today,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call. “Unfortunately, the part of these Black Sea agreements concerning Russia has not been implemented so far, so its effect is terminated.”

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the grain deal’s sponsor, said he still believed Putin wanted it to continue. The Russian and Turkish foreign ministers would talk later on Monday, he told reporters.

“I hope that with this discussion, we can make some progress and continue on our way without a pause,” Erdogan said.

Russia’s foreign ministry said it would consider rejoining the grain deal if it saw “concrete results” on its demands.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy raised the prospect of resuming grain exports without Russia’s participation, suggesting Kyiv would seek Turkey’s support to effectively negate the Russian de facto blockade imposed last year.

The blast on the road bridge to Crimea could have a direct impact on Moscow’s ability to supply its troops in southern Ukraine, and reveals the vulnerability of Russia’s own Black Sea infrastructure to devices such as seaborne drones: small, fast remote-controlled boats packed with explosives.

Um. It’s not going to do that. Not this time, at least. They’ve done this before, and nothing happened. Some traffic has already resumed on the bridge, and it will be totally fixed in a matter of hours.

Images showed a section of the road bridge had come down and traffic was halted in both directions, although a parallel railway bridge was still operational. Blasts were reported before dawn on the 19-km (12-mile) bridge, which Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered built after seizing and annexing the peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.

Kyiv gave no official account of the blasts but Ukrainian media quoted unidentified officials as saying Ukraine’s Security Service was behind it. Ukraine has long maintained that the bridge was built illegally, and its use by Russia for military supplies makes it a legitimate target. It was last hit by a massive explosion and fire in October.

Any interruption in exports from Russia’s suspension of the Black Sea grain deal could drive up food prices across the globe, especially in the poorest countries. Ukraine and Russia are both among the world’s biggest exporters of grain and other foodstuffs.

Putin had threatened last week to walk out of the grain deal, while also saying Russia could return to it “immediately” if its demands were met.

This week, he’s probably not open to that.

He can easily tell these Africans and others who are going to be affected by this: “Look, there are terrorists out of control in the region, and grain shipments cannot be resumed until this problem is solved.”

Why the West would choose to do a terrorist attack during this situation is unclear. They do not even appear to be acting in their own best interests.