Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow’s attack on the port of Odesa did not violate any of the commitments that Russia accepted under the agreement to guarantee the export of Ukrainian grain, reports CNN.
“If we talk about the episode that happened in Odessa, there is no provision in the obligations that Russia has assumed — including in the agreements signed on July 22 in Istanbul — that would prohibit us from continuing the special military operation, destroying military infrastructure and other military targets“, Lavrov declared during a press conference in Congo, reports CNN, quoted by News.ro.
Lavrov emphasized that Russian forces only hit military targets.
“As for the targets of these high-precision strikes, they are located in a separate part of the port of Odessa, in the so-called military part of the port of Odessa“, he said.
Lavrov says that the military targets in Odesa do not target the grain terminal either
He specified that these targets were “the military ship of the naval forces of Ukraine and the ammunition depot, where the Harpoon anti-ship missiles were recently delivered”which were brought to represent “a threat to the Russian Black Sea fleet“.
“Experts also confirmed that the Odesa port grain terminal is located at a considerable distance from the military unit, there are no obstacles so that grain is not delivered to customers in accordance with the agreements signed in Istanbul, we did not create them“, added the head of Russian diplomacy.
The Russian Foreign Minister is visiting several African countries to try to support Russia in Ukraine. African nations were the most seriously affected by restrictions on grain exports from Ukraine.
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Publication date: 2022-07-25 20:12