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U.S. threatened Russia with “diplomatic damage” because of grain deal

Jul 17, 2023

Russia will suffer "huge diplomatic losses" if the grain deal, which expires on July 17, is not extended.

This was stated by U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, CBS News reports.

"If in fact, they (Russians – ed.) pull out of it (the grain deal – ed.), the rest of the world will take a look at that and say that Russia has turned its back on ensuring that the countries of the global south and Africa and Latin America and Asia can get the food they need at affordable prices," he said.

According to him, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin will have to make a choice.

"And I think that will come at an enormous diplomatic cost to Russia going forward. So this is a choice Vladimir Putin is going to have to make. We are prepared for any scenario and we're working closely with the Ukrainians on that," Sullivan said.

As a reminder, in recent months, Kremlin officials have been actively stating their refusal to extend the grain deal after July 17.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 17/07/2023

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