In withdrawing from the Black Sean Grain Initiative, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday that its government was removing guarantees for safe navigation in the Black Sea.
“This means the withdrawal of guarantees for the safety of navigation, the curtailment of the maritime humanitarian corridor, the restoration of the regime of a temporarily dangerous area in the northwestern Black Sea and the disbandment of the JCC [Joint Coordination Center] in Istanbul. Without Russia's participation, the Black Sea initiative ceases to function from July 18," a Foreign Ministry statement read.
The Foreign Ministry said that the Russian government objects to the further extension of the deal and officially informed the Turkish and Ukrainian sides on Monday, adding that the UN secretariat was also notified.
"Contrary to the declared humanitarian goals, the export of Ukrainian food was almost immediately transferred to a purely commercial basis and until the last moment was aimed at serving the narrowly selfish interests" of Kyiv and the West, the statement read, using the Russian name for the Ukrainian capital.
The ministry also stressed that the Russia-UN Memorandum did not function as planned. "We are forced to state that none of the five systemic tasks envisaged by the Russia-UN Memorandum have been fulfilled," the statement read.
According to the ministry, Russia would be ready to consider restoring the "deal" only if the West fulfills its obligations and actually withdraws Russian fertilizers and food from the sanctions.
What the UN says: A United Nations official has confirmed to CNN that the UN office in Istanbul, Turkey, has received written notice from Russia that they are ending participation in the Ukraine grain deal.
“The Secretary-General will not stop his efforts to facilitate the unimpeded access to global markets for food products and fertilizers from both Ukraine and the Russian Federation to preserve global food security,” the UN official said.
CNN's Alex Marquardt in Odesa, Ukraine contributed to this report.