BLACK SEA GRAIN INITIATIVE
Good Morning from the GEÓ Newsroom in Gibraltar. While Ukraine continues to dominate the news & intel wires GEÓ Eyes are on the Black Sea Grain Initiative as Russia (Predictably) pulls out of the Erdogan brokered agreement in turn dealing a huge body blow to global food security after prices soared as a result of Moscow’s illegal invasion of Ukraine last year.
The original agreement enabled Ukraine to securely export grain via the Black Sea to parts of the world struggling with hunger. GEÓ understands that the Kremlin notified the UN, Turkey and Ukraine yesterday (170723) insisting that Russia would not renew the deal until the West kept their side of the deal.
The landmark accord with Ukraine and Russia in July last year (2022) sanctioned a separate agreement to facilitate exports of Russian food and fertiliser that Moscow insists has not been applied.
The party line from The Kremlin is that its conditions for extending the deal brokered by the UN and Turkey had not been fulfilled. However, Russia said it would return to the agreement if its conditions were met.
THE WORLD IS BURNING UP
Temperatures across Europe are expected to reach 46C as the extreme heatwave across the continent continues with France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland – are sizzling in searing temperatures with the extreme risk of Wildfires
The World Meteorological Agency (WMO) which is actively monitoring temperature records has officially verified a new record temperature in Europe of 48.8C (119.8F) set in Sicily during a heatwave in August 2021
The WMO is the recognized authority for verifying extreme weather records. It maintains an official Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes. This includes records of temperatures (globally and per hemisphere), rainfall, aridity, lightning and weather-related mortality.
BREXIT: LEAVE EUROPE ARE YOU MAD?
According to a YouGov Survey more and more Brits are realising that Brexit was a terrible idea. The proportion of Britons who say Brexit was a mistake hit a new record high this month, a survey from pollsters YouGov shows. There are few economic benefits to show for the June 2016 vote to leave the European Union.
It is reported that 57% of Britons said the decision to leave the European Union in 2016 was the wrong one, compared with 32% who thought it was correct with more than half – 55% – said they would vote to remain in the EU, against 31% who said they would stay out, if the referendum were to be held again. Simple litmus test; If Britain were to “re-join” the EU today what benefits would it lose as a result of the leave Europe referendum
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