In hindsight, Russia, Kiev, and the latter’s Golden Billion patrons all had differing motives in agreeing to the deal. The first regarded it as an act of good faith as well as a means of tangibly counteracting fake news alleging that the Kremlin was weaponizing famine across the Global South. The second, meanwhile, wanted to open up a maritime corridor for clandestinely receiving more weapons. And the third, while sharing that preceding objective, also wanted to buy up more Ukrainian grain for itself.
This war must end. All sides should come to the negotiations table. Russian concerns are genuine and need to be addressed.