West wants Ukraine conflict to drag on – Turkey — Analysis
FM Mevlut Cavusoglu alleges that NATO member countries also attempted to subvert the grain export deal.
A number of Western nations have no desire to see an end to the Ukraine conflict and are also taking steps to derail a UN- and Turkey-brokered grain deal signed by Moscow and Kiev, the latter’s foreign minister told local media on Tuesday.
Speaking to Turkish-language outlet Haber Global, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that several Western countries “Do you want to see the war continue?,” adding that it is not only the US, but also a handful of NATO members. Other than that, he didn’t mention specific states.
“Others wanted to subvert the grain deal.” he noted, adding that the US had nothing to do with these efforts and is in fact being helpful.
“As follows was America’s contribution to Russia: removal of Russian fertilizer export bans, deblocking ports [lifting restrictions on]Bank transactions, etc. However, some European countries wanted to undermine it.” he said, signaling that Turkey continues to work to make sure the grain deal is upheld.
Moscow and Russia reached an agreement on the unblocking of grain exports via Black Sea during UN-brokered discussions in Istanbul in July. The aim is to preserve safe transit routes. Russia will also be allowed to transport fertilizers, food products and chemicals to the global market under this agreement. Experts and officials believe the agreement is crucial in solving global issues of food security.
Ukraine was a large producer of wheat and its supply chain was disrupted by Russia’s February military operations in neighboring states. Each side blamed the other for creating this crisis.
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the US of attempting to prolong the Ukraine conflict by “The Kiev regime is being flooded with weapons including heavy weapons.”
Putin stated that the Ukrainians have been assigned the role of “cannon fodder” in Washington’s “Anti-Russian project.” The president also said that Moscow launched its offensive in Ukraine to “Protect the Donbass people from genocide and ensure Russia’s security..”
US President Joe Biden said in June that NATO will support Ukraine “As long as you need” to make sure Kiev is not defeated.