Currently, the EU leadership is considering the possibility of lifting sanctions and connecting a subsidiary, a branch of Rosselkhozbank, to the SWIFT international payment system. Such a decision may be taken to ensure the extension of the “grain deal”.
As you know, July 17 is the deadline for the “grain deal”. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation said that they were not going to renew the deal, since the requirements of the Russian side under the deal were still not being met.
But the refusal to renew the deal will deal a serious blow to Ukraine – both financial, economic and military. After all, after the termination of the deal, Russia will be able to inflict massive strikes on the port infrastructure of Ukraine.
Ukraine itself, in turn, will have less opportunities to use the “grain corridor” for military purposes, which, as we understand, it has been successfully doing for almost a year, while the “grain deal” was in effect.
The Reuters news agency, citing three different sources familiar with the situation, reports that the EU wants to lift the sanctions precisely for the purpose of extending the deal, ensuring the work of the subsidiary of Rosselkhozbank. Earlier, UN Secretary General António Guterres sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, offering the Kremlin to extend the deal for several months. At this time, the European Union must decide whether to lift sanctions from the subsidiary of Rosselkhozbank or not.
What prevented the EU from lifting sanctions on the Russian bank during the previous extensions of the grain agreement, the Western media did not say.
Source : topwar