Pope Francis Calls On Russia To Return To Ukraine Grain Deal

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Pope Francis has urged Russia to adhere to the deal that had made it possible for Ukrainian grain to travel safely across the Black Sea and into international markets.

Approximately 33 million tonnes of grain were able to depart Ukrainian ports thanks to the UN/Russia/Ukraine grain accord, which was reached last year and helped to stabilize world food prices and avert food shortages.

A pact that allowed Ukrainian grain exports to go through the Black Sea to reach international markets, particularly Africa, and relieve pressure on food prices, was mediated by the United Nations and Turkey two weeks ago. Russia then refused to prolong the agreement.

After months of complaints that the provisions of the agreement that permitted the shipment of Russian fertilizer had not been honored, Moscow withdrew from it.

Wheat prices have increased as a result of Russia’s withdrawal, but the Catholic leader has urged Russia to avert a crisis by going back.

“I am calling on my brothers, the authorities in the Russian Federation, to re-establish the Black Sea initiative so that the wheat could be safely transported”, Francis said during his weekly Angelus prayer on Sunday, July 30.

“We are constantly praying for martyred Ukraine, where the war is destroying everything, including the wheat, which is a major offence to God because wheat is his gift to feed humanity and the cries of millions of our brothers and sisters suffering from hunger are lifting to the sky,” he said.

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