Black Sea deal ‘ceased to be valid today’: Kremlin

The United Nations and Turkey-brokered pact, which helped alleviate a global food crisis amid several extensions, was due to expire on Monday. Russia had been saying for months that conditions for its extension had not been fulfilled.

“In fact, the Black Sea agreements ceased to be valid today,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

“Unfortunately, the part of these Black Sea agreements concerning Russia has not been implemented so far, so its effect is terminated,” he added.

Russian state news agency RIA Novosti quoted foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova as saying that Moscow had notified Ukraine, Turkey and the UN about its decision on the deal.

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