The African Union AU, the 55-nation African Union, has expressed its regret at the suspension of the Black Sea Grain Agreement following Russia’s declaration of termination.
“The AU regrets the suspension of the Black Sea Grain Agreement, which the AU has supported since its inception,” AU Executive Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said on his official Twitter account today.
“I urge the parties to resolve the issue so that grain and fertilizer from Ukraine and Russia can be safely transported back to where they are needed, such as Africa,” Mahamat added.
The Black Sea Grain Agreement guaranteed Ukraine’s ability to export grain through the Black Sea even during the war in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion, and Ukraine exported more than 32 million tons of grain in one year through the agreement.
However, over the agreement, Russia eventually announced its withdrawal from the deal, saying that its promises to guarantee its agricultural and fertilizer exports were not being fulfilled, and the agreement expired at midnight on March 17.
Humanitarian organizations are concerned that the disruption of grain supplies from Ukraine could further hit some countries in Africa, including Somalia, 먹튀검증토토사이트 where millions of people are already facing a hunger crisis due to drought.