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Putin discusses grain deal, awkward BRICS summit with Ramaphosa

Putin discusses grain deal, awkward BRICS summit with Ramaphosa

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin held a phone call with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in which they discussed the Black Sea grain deal, due to expire on Monday, and a summit in South Africa next month, the Kremlin said. Ramaphosa finds himself in an awkward position as host of the BRICS summit because of an arrest warrant issued against Putin in March by the International Criminal Court (ICC), which accused him of the war crime of deporting Ukrainian children to Russia. The warrant means member states of the ICC - of which South Africa is one - are obliged to arrest him if…
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Lavrov warns West: Black Sea grain deal is in danger of collapse

Lavrov warns West: Black Sea grain deal is in danger of collapse

RUSSIA warned the West that a deal allowing Ukrainian grain to be exported from the Black Sea would cease unless a United Nations agreement aimed at overcoming obstacles to Russian grain and fertiliser exports was fulfilled. The United Nations and Turkey brokered the Black Sea deal for an initial 120 days in July last year to help tackle a global food crisis that has been aggravated by Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, one of the world's leading grain exporters. Russia has repeatedly warned it will allow the deal to expire because of obstacles to its own exports of grain and fertiliser…
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Russia sets grain deal conditions, Putin suggests free grain for Africa

Russia sets grain deal conditions, Putin suggests free grain for Africa

RUSSIA laid out conditions for agreeing to any further extension of the Black Sea grain deal, and President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow could send free grain to African countries if those conditions were not met. The deal, allowing the safe export of grain from Ukrainian and Russian Black Sea ports, was renewed on Saturday for 60 days - half the intended period - after Moscow said any further extension beyond May 18 would hinge on the removal of some Western sanctions. Russia's foreign ministry, in a statement posted on its website on Monday, said Moscow had decided to limit the extension…
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