Will Beijing’s call for ‘cooperation’ pressure Russia into a new black sea grain deal? | DW News

The Black Sea Grain Initiative, which suspended a Russian naval blockade that kept Ukrainian food supplies from reaching global markets, has served as a key lifeline to poor countries across Africa and the Middle East – until the Kremlin formally pulled out of the agreement on Monday.
But among it’s beneficiaries, China is the top destination for grain shipments facilitated by the fragile diplomatic agreement, which was first brokered by the U.N. and Turkey a year ago and extended several times.
Now Western officials are looking to the Chinese government, one of Russia’s most influential allies, to prod them back to the negotiating table, something Moscow has not ruled out.

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