The Kremlin says that Russian strikes on Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa “should not affect” a UN-brokered deal between Moscow and Kyiv to unblock grain exports.
“This cannot and should not affect the start of shipment,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters, two days after Moscow hit the port.
He said Moscow’s strikes targeted “exclusively” military infrastructure and were “not connected with the agreement on the export of grain.”
The weekend strikes on Odesa came less than a day after Moscow and Kyiv signed a landmark deal to release grain exports from Ukraine’s ports.
Western countries denounced the move, with the US saying it cast “serious doubt” on Russia’s commitment to the deal.