The United Kingdom’s foreign secretary has said Russia’s actions must “match its words” after Moscow and Kyiv reached an agreement on resuming grain exports from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports.
“[Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s barbaric invasion of Ukraine has meant some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world are at risk of having nothing to eat,” Liz Truss, who is one of two Conservative Party parliamentarians vying to replace outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said in a statement.
“Now this agreement must be implemented, and we will be watching to ensure Russia’s actions match its words,” she added.
EU foreign policy chief urges ‘swift implementation’ of grain deal
The European Union’s foreign policy chief has welcomed the grain deal struck between Russia and Ukraine.
“Today’s Istanbul agreement is a step in the right direction. We call for its swift implementation,” Josep Borrell tweeted. He added the bloc remained “committed” to helping Ukraine bring “as much of its grain into global markets as possible”.
In a statement published online, Borrell also accused Moscow of having “endangered food security for millions of people across the world”.
“The present agreement offers an opportunity to start reversing this negative course,” he said.