Food Crisis: Ukraine and Russia Sign Deal to Reopen Exports of Grain

Food Crisis: Ukraine and Russia Sign Deal to Reopen Exports of Grain


ISTANBUL (AP) – Russia and Ukraine signed separate agreements Friday with Turkey and the United Nations clearing the way for exporting millions of tons of desperately needed Ukrainian grain – as well as Russian grain and fertilizer – ending a wartime standoff that had threatened food security around the globe.

The deal will enable Ukraine – one of the world’s key breadbaskets – to export 22 million tons of grain and other agricultural products that have been stuck in Black Sea ports due to Russia’s invasion. U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres called it “a beacon of hope” for millions of hungry people who have faced huge increases in food costs.

“A deal that allows grain to leave Black Sea ports is nothing short

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