The Russia-Ukraine Grain Deal Is Skating on Thin Ice

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres sit as Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar exchange documents during a signing ceremony at Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, July 22, 2022 (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP).
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The first ship exporting grain from Ukraine since February left Odessa’s port this week thanks to a deal brokered by Turkey and the U.N. The agreement aims to ease the global food crisis triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but there are doubts as to whether it will hold for long enough to make a difference.

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