Canada’s statement on Russia, Ukraine and Türkiye grain agreement


July 22, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada welcomes today’s agreement among Russia, Ukraine and Türkiye on lifting the de facto blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports in order to resume the export of grain to the world.

“We are grateful to the UN and, in particular, to Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General; Martin Griffiths, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator; and Rebeca Grynspan, UN Conference on Trade and Development Secretary-General, without whom this agreement would not have been possible. We also commend Türkiye’s leadership in bringing this to a positive resolution.

“While many issues still need to be clarified, this agreement has the potential to be an important step toward overcoming the global food crisis stemming from Russian president Vladimir Putin’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.

“As Canada continues to do what we can to mitigate the impacts of the global food crisis, we call on all parties involved to swiftly implement their obligations under the agreement. Ukrainian grain must get back on international food markets as soon as possible. People are suffering. The world has no more time to lose in the face of the current global food crisis.

“This deal is a step in the right direction, but its implementation is critical. We urge Russia to ensure its implementation matches its intended purpose and spirit. This is a crisis created by President Putin and we will be watching closely for meaningful action on his part in the common interests of all.”


Adrien Blanchard
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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