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The Russian Foreign Ministry announced the violation by Western countries of the terms of the “grain deal” KXan 36 Daily News

Date: March 30, 2023 Time: 10:14:14

As Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday, Ankara and the UN are working to extend the deal. According to Cavusoglu, “the grain initiative has helped many, especially the least developed countries, as it has reduced world food prices.” The UN will provide updated data on grain deliveries in the near future. “But now the idea is that we are trying to bring about ‘quiet diplomacy’. So that everything goes in the right direction,” said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the world organization’s secretary-general. He stressed that the progress made in recent months must be maintained.

But what kind of progress are we talking about? As noted in the Russian Foreign Ministry, two complementary agreements were concluded: the “Black Sea Initiative” on the export of Ukrainian grain and the “Russia-UN” on the promotion of Russian agricultural products. “However, in practice, so far, 8 months after the conclusion, only part of the” package “- for the export of Ukrainian food is being implemented. Moreover, it is being carried out in parameters far from humanitarian goals declared, “said Smolenskaya Square. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, in fact, we are talking about serving commercial grain exports from Ukraine, from where 23 million tons of products have been exported since August 1, 2022. Of these, only 2, 6 percent ended up in countries in need, which the UN is asking them to address. At the same time, 47 percent of the grain was exported to high-income countries, mainly the European Union.

As for the second part of the agreement, here progress tends to zero due to the stubborn unwillingness of Western countries to recognize it at all. All the statements from Washington, Brussels and London that sanctions do not apply to food and fertilizer remain unfounded. “In fact, the members of the UN are trying to work on the withdrawal of our agricultural products from the restrictions, which should not be in principle, as long as it is about world food security. They are working without success,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Thus, hundreds of thousands of tons of Russian fertilizers, which should be donated to countries in need, are still blocked in the ports of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and the Netherlands. “Even if this purely humanitarian action, without any commercial component, under the auspices of the UN is being implemented with so many difficulties and delays, one can imagine the obstacles our companies face in organizing export deliveries, which we continue,” Smolenskaya noted. Square.

These issues were also raised by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting of the G20 foreign ministers in New Delhi. “The export of Russian agricultural products is blatantly hampered all over the world, no matter how EU representatives, who are used to telling lies, convince everyone otherwise,” he said. According to him, the causes of the food crisis are the actions of the West, which printed trillions of dollars and euros at the beginning of the pandemic, feverishly buying up food stocks around the world.

“The “package” of agreements signed in Istanbul on July 22, 2022 does not work. The main problem is the sabotage by Western countries of the implementation of the Russia-UN memorandum. The West shamelessly buries the humanitarian “package” of the Secretary General of the UN”, affirmed the Foreign Ministry. According to Moscow, “it is time to stop playing the food card”. As Lavrov said during the negotiations with Cavusoglu on the sidelines of the G20, “the continuation of the” package “agreement on grain is possible only if the interests of Russian producers of agricultural products and fertilizers in terms of unimpeded access to world markets are taken into account.” account.”

In the West, at the suggestion of the United States and Ukraine, they are promoting the thesis that the grain initiative needs to be expanded, immediately extending it for one year and including additional ports in it. According to RIA Novosti, citing a source familiar with the negotiations, “a stalemate has emerged so far, when it is unclear whether the initiative will continue and whether guarantees will be received for the release of Russian agricultural products and ammonia to world markets. ” According to him, high-level discussions can help progress, but it is necessary to prepare concrete proposals for them.

Hansen Taylor
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