Russia-Ukraine news for October 14, 2022

A Russian diplomat has suggested his country may abandon a deal to allow grain exports from Ukraine across the Black Sea, according to Reuters.

“If we see anything happening on the Russian side in favor of the agreement — Russian grain and fertilizer export — sorry, we’ll have to look at it in a different way,” Gennady Gatilov, Russia’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva. he told Reuters.

Reuters reported on Thursday that when asked if Russia could back out of renewing the agreement, Gatilov said: “There is a possibility… We are not against grain shipments, but this agreement should be equal, it should be fair and equitable to all sides.”

In July, the UN and Turkey brokered a major deal between Ukraine and Russia, which promised to unlock Black Sea ports for the safe passage of grain and oilseeds.

However, Moscow reduced its contribution to the initiative earlier this month. In a letter obtained by CNN, Russia said it was reducing the number of inspection teams deployed at a Turkish port that inspect grain ships. The letter also stated that the inspectors would finish the workday earlier, because there was no allowance for lunch today.

A grain container is waiting in the port of Odesa (Ukraine) on July 29.

Since July, ships carrying grain from Ukrainian ports have been allowed to navigate a safe corridor through the Black Sea – ending a five-month-old agreement to the Russian blockade.

The deal will end at the end of November.

Asked about the possibility of Russia’s withdrawal on Thursday, Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for the UN secretary-general, said it was “critical for the world” and that there were good signs from Thursday’s meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“We’re trying to get a little more detail, and we’ll follow up on that,” Dujarric said.

CNN’s Victoria Butenko and Andrew Carey contributed reporting from Kiev.