Turkey says Russia ruled out involvement in strike near Odessa

Explosions near the port of Odessa became known on the morning of July 23. The United States and Ukraine blamed Russia for the missile strikes, however, according to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Moscow denies any involvement

Hulusi Akar

Russia declared that it was not involved in the missile attack near the port of Odessa, information about which appeared on the morning of July 23. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said he was told this by Russian officials, Reuters reported.

“During our contact, the Russians told us that they had absolutely nothing to do with this attack and that they were very study this question carefully and in detail, — said Akar.

The military correspondent of Segodnya.ru reported earlier about the missile attack on Ukrainian armed formations in the port of Odessa. Yuri Kitten. According to him, at least five explosions were heard. The Russian Ministry of Defense did not report any missile attacks on the port of Odessa on Saturday.

In turn, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink blamed Russia for the missile attack. According to Zelensky, in this way Russia has demonstrated that it does not intend to fulfill the agreements on the export of grain. “This only proves one thing: whatever Russia says or promises, it will find ways not to carry it out,” — he said in a video message on his Telegram.

At the same time, the Ukrainian president noted that if the grain deal fails, the world is in danger of “hunger and chaos”, however, according to him, Ukraine “trusts the UN” and intends to fulfill the agreements reached.

RBC sent a request to the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

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Since the beginning of the military operation in Ukraine, Kyiv and Western countries have accused Moscow of obstructing the export of Ukrainian grain. The Kremlin denied this and pointed out that the Ukrainian military had mined the exits from the ports themselves.

According to various estimates, from 4.5 million to 20 million tons of wheat and corn have accumulated in the ports.

In mid-July, delegations from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN held talks in Istanbul and decided to establish a coordinating center for the export of grain there. Agreement on the export of grain from three Ukrainian ports— Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny— was signed by Russia and Ukraine separately with Turkey on July 22.

As specified by the UN, special inspection teams in Ukrainian ports will monitor the shipment of grain. At the same time, Ukrainian pilot ships will escort ships through the mined Black Sea, after which they will exit through the Bosphorus along the agreed corridor.

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