EU criticises Russia's 'cynicism' on Black Sea grain deal at G20 summit

Charles Michel, President of European Council

© APA | Charles Michel, President of European Council

# 09 September 2023 14:15 (UTC +04:00)

The European Union castigated Russia on Saturday for its "cynicism" in pulling out of the Black Sea grain deal, saying the offer of a million tons of grain to African countries was a "parody of generosity", APA reports citing Reuters.

In a speech at the annual G20 summit in New Delhi, Charles Michel, president of the European Council, said the grain deal had delivered to vulnerable countries more than 30 times the volume offered to Africa by Russia.

"And what cynicism ... you did not accept this," Michel said in comments on the grain deal he directed at the Russian summit representative, Moscow's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"Not only have you decided to pull out of this agreement on the Black Sea, but at the same time you are attacking the port infrastructure," he said.

"You are blocking the ports that give access to the Black Sea, and even to the Danube."

"To add insult to injury, Russia is offering 1 million tons of grain to African countries in a parody of generosity," Michel said.

"What cynicism and contempt for African countries," he said, adding that the Black Sea deal had delivered exports of more than 30 million tons so far, chiefly to the most vulnerable nations.

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