UNITED NATIONS, October 30. /TASS/. An agreement on vessel traffic via the Black Sea maritime humanitarian corridor for Sunday, October 30 has not been reached after Russia suspended its participation in the grain deal on Saturday, according to a statement by UN representative at the Istanbul Joint Coordination Center Ismini Palla.
Russia has officially informed the UN Secretary-General of suspending its participation following Ukraine’s attack on Russian ships involved in ensuring security of the grain corridor.
"The United Nations Coordinator for the Black Sea Grain Initiative, Amir Abdulla, was notified today by the delegation of the Russian Federation to the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) of its concerns about the safety of movements of merchant vessels under the Black Sea Grain Initiative. Mr. Abdulla brought this to the attention of the Turkish and Ukrainian delegations to the JCC," the statement reads.
According to the statement, on October 29, "nine vessels (five outbound and four inbound) transited safely the maritime humanitarian corridor established by the JCC. There are more than ten vessels both outbound and inbound waiting to enter the corridor." "A joint agreement has not been reached at the JCC for the movement of inbound and outbound vessels on 30 October," the statement said.
The JCC "is reviewing recent developments, assessing the impact on JCC’s operations and is discussing next steps," Palla said.
Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said that the Kiev regime had carried out a terrorist attack on the warships of the Black Sea Fleet and civilian vessels in Sevastopol, using nine drones and seven marine autonomous surface vehicles. The ministry pointed out that the attacked ships were involved in ensuring security of the grain corridor as part of the international initiative on exporting agricultural products from Ukrainian ports.
In its statement, Russia’s Foreign Ministry noted that Moscow was suspending the implementation of the grain deal indefinitely. Russia has requested to hold a meeting of the UN Security Council on October 31 over Ukraine’s terror attack on Russian ships.