Cargo ship on Black Sea
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Russia has decided to rejoin the grain deal with Ukraine, allowing grain shipments from Ukrainian ports to safely pass through the Black Sea, The New York Times reports. This comes just a few days after Russia initially suspended the deal for an "undetermined period."

The move eases some of the global food security concerns that had arisen when Russia backed out, NPR reports. Russia's Defense Ministry agreed to the renewal after the U.N. and Turkey received written confirmation from Ukraine that the Black Sea shipping corridors would not be used for military purposes. Russia had originally pulled out due to an attack on one of its naval ships in a Black Sea seaport that it blamed on Ukraine.

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