The G7 wants Russia to extend an agreement that allows for safe passage of grain shipments from Ukraine, a senior US State Department official said Friday at talks in Germany.
“Everybody agrees on the need to expand the Black Sea county initiative,” the official said.
Top G7 diplomats are in the western German city of Muenster for two days of talks, with the war in Ukraine high on the agenda.
The Club of Nations “appreciates the UN’s efforts in persuading Russia to extend” the grain deal, the official said.
Grain shipments from Ukraine resumed on Thursday after Russia backtracked on an agreement that allowed them to pass through safely following international pressure.
But Moscow says it has yet to decide whether to extend the grain deal beyond November 19 – the extension date enshrined in the original deal brokered by the UN and Turkey to avert a wage emergency. global reality or not.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, during a visit to China, also urged an extension of the agreement.
“Hunger should not be used as a weapon,” Scholz said Friday.
Top G7 diplomats on Thursday accused Russia of systematically destroying civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
“They agreed that some sort of G7 coordination mechanism was needed to help Ukraine repair, protect, and restore its energy and water infrastructure,” the official said.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba joined the meeting and “provided updates on devastating attacks … against civilians, energy and water facilities”, the official said.
G7 ministers on Thursday promised a winter aid package that includes generators, heaters, container sheds, tents, beds and blankets.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Russia had “chosen a new method of war by trying to starve, starve and freeze to death”.
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