218 vessels are blocked from transporting Ukrainian grain to the world because of Russia suspending its participation in the grain corridor deal. 22 vessels are blocked in Ukrainian ports, 95 loaded vessels are blocked on the way from Ukrainian ports while waiting for inspections and 101 are blocked while waiting for the inspection to enter Ukrainian ports, the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure informed.
The ministry also notes that the actual blockade of the grain corridor started already in September when Russia decreased its number of inspectors, making 176 vessels wait in queue with 2.1 million tons of agricultural products onboard.
NATO сalled on Moscow to urgently renew the UN-brokered deal, NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu said. Meanwhile, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign affairs has already called to bypass Russian food blackmail by providing military escorts to ships carrying food from Ukraine since “negotiating with Russia doesn’t work” and “Putin breaks agreements.”
Negotiating with Russia doesn't work. Putin breaks agreements and blackmails all of us.
If he continues to jeopardise Ukraine's grain exports, the free world must unite to safeguard shipping with military escorts. Let's bypass the blackmail.
— Gabrielius Landsbergis🇱🇹 (@GLandsbergis) October 29, 2022