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The UN and Russia with a new dialogue on grain

ООН и Русия с нов диалог за зърното
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin discussed free Russian supplies of grain and fertilizers to the world's neediest countries with UNCTAD Secretary-General Rebecca Greenspan and UN Deputy Secretary-General Martin Griffiths , the Russian Foreign Ministry announced.

In an official statement, the UN said that it continues the detailed exchange of views on the tasks of ensuring unhindered access of Russian fertilizers and food to world markets, given their significant share and in the name of overcoming crisis phenomena in the field of global food security , as well as combating the threat of starvation.

On the Russian side, they remained far more skeptical. "We cannot be satisfied with the implementation of the Russia-UN memorandum, as no concrete results have been achieved, but we face the same difficulties, despite the claims that the export of agricultural products and the export of fertilizers are supposedly not subject to sanctions," said Vershinin.

The deputy foreign minister said: "We appreciate the efforts of the UN secretary-general," but added that Russia "needs tangible results that will allow us to do what was set out in the original Istanbul agreements."

At the same time, the Republic of Turkey continues to take steps to resume the grain deal, Turkish Defense Minister Yasar Guler told reporters.

"We hope that this war, which affects the whole world, will end as soon as possible. We continue to implement the initiatives from our side to revive the Black Sea grain agreement, which was concluded with the coordination of our country and contributed a lot to addressing the food crisis due to its effectiveness," the minister was quoted as saying by the CNN Turk TV channel.

Ankara "will continue to respect the Montreux Convention on the Straits, which balances the Black Sea, in a responsible and impartial manner," Güler added.

And in Russia, the Ministry of Agriculture announced an estimated export of grain in the current agricultural year (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024) in the amount of at least 65 million tons. This was confirmed by the Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev to reporters.

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