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Commentary on the Grain Deal (Ukraine war)

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I argue that Russia is running out of options and is trying to play a diplomatic card with Grain Deal. Russia is trying to present itself as benevolent. Putin is now trying to portray Russia in a positive light by agreeing a safe corridor for the export of agricultural products. Its membership of the Coordination Centre grants it some legitimacy, while it is also trying hard to downplay its wrongdoings. But the West has made it clear that Russia is responsible for the current food crisis and will be held “accountable for implementing the deal”.