Prime Minister Justin Trudeau does not mince words to express his doubts about the agreement with the Putin regime on the export of millions of tons of Ukrainian grain.
Justin Trudeau expressed doubts about the reliability of Russia regarding the export of Ukrainian grain.
A few hours after the signing of a crucial agreement to release some 25 million tonnes piled up in the silos of Ukraine, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed very openly his doubts about Russia's commitment to the process.
Canada's confidence in Russia's reliability is next to nothing, it has only shown bad faith, Mr. Trudeau said bluntly to reporters at a Friday press briefing.
Supervised by Turkey and the UN, this fiercely negotiated agreement should alleviate the great food insecurity caused by the conflict in Ukraine. By establishing secure shipping lanes, he allows the movement of merchant ships in the Black Sea and the export of millions of tons of Ukrainian grain.
Justin Trudeau continued his diatribe against the regime of Vladimir Putin and presented Russia as responsible for two crises in the world by declaring war on Ukraine.
They precipitated a global energy crisis and a global food crisis with their illegal invasion of Ukraine, and the rest of us have been working very, very hard to try to alleviate these problems in the world whole, added Mr. Trudeau, Friday, during a visit to Prince Edward Island.
The Prime Minister also indicated that Canada was working with other countries and with the UN to share its expertise in warehousing and storage. x27;grain shipment.
The blockade imposed by the Russian Black Sea fleet has worsened global supply chain disruptions and, together with Western sanctions imposed on Moscow, fueled high inflation in food and energy prices since Russian forces invaded Ukraine on February 24.
This agreement, fiercely negotiated since April under the leadership of Mr. Guterres (at left), will relieve countries dependent on the Russian and Ukrainian markets.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov signed separate agreements with UN Secretary General António Guterres and Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also attended the signing.
The agreement also provides for the creation of a control center in Istanbul, which will be composed of UN, Turkish, Russian and Ukrainian officials to lead and coordinate the process, Turkish officials said. Vessels will be subject to inspections to ensure they are not carrying weapons.
Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the President of Ukraine, insisted that no Russian ships would escort the vessels and that there would be no Russian representatives present in Ukrainian ports. He also warns that Ukraine is also planning an immediate military response in the event of provocations.
António Guterres noted the unprecedented nature of this agreement between two countries at war .
“Today there is a lighthouse on the Black Sea.
— António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations
He spoke of a beacon of hope, a beacon of possibility, a beacon of relief in a world that is needs it more than ever.
You have overcome obstacles and set aside differences to pave the way for an initiative that will serve the common interests of all, he said. added when addressing the Russian and Ukrainian representatives.
Mr. Trudeau said he had spoken with Mr. Guterres over the past few weeks and was optimistic about the deal, but also said he wanted to make sure that the sovereignty and security of Ukraine are not endangered. This is what we will be watching very closely, to ensure that Ukraine is not further threatened, he said.
With information from CBC, Associated Press, and  ;The Canadian Press