The Foreign Ministry confirmed the negotiations on the export of grain from Ukraine

Earlier, the Wall Street Journal reported on the request of UN Secretary General António Guterres to Moscow not to interfere with the export of grain from the Black Sea ports of Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the fact of negotiations, but “not at the UN level” alt=”The Foreign Ministry confirmed negotiations on the export of grain from Ukraine” />

Issues of the supply of Russian potash fertilizers and the export of Ukrainian grain are being discussed, RIA Novosti said. Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Alexander Pankin.

Earlier, the Wall Street Journal, citing diplomatic sources, reported that UN Secretary General António Guterres asked Moscow not to interfere with the export of grain from the Black Sea ports of Ukraine, and in return promises to help ease sanctions against fertilizers from Russia and Belarus.

“Difficult question. You already know that potash and mineral fertilizers, grain, the possibility of exporting Ukrainian grain— complex tangle of issues that are now being considered, — Pankin said in response to a request for comment on the WSJ information.

At the same time, he clarified that the issue “is not discussed at the UN level, [but] is discussed with us.”

As The Wall Street Journal sources specified, the UN Secretary General is negotiating on the export of Ukrainian grain with Russia, Turkey and other countries, and Ankara has already agreed to participate in the clearance of the Black Sea.

Earlier, the fact of negotiations was also confirmed by the US representative to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield. “At the moment, there are discussions about how such corridors can be unblocked. <…> The UN Secretary General [Antonio Guterres] spoke to Russia about this. We also discussed these issues with the Ukrainians»,— she said.

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In early May, Guterres said that fertilizers and products from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine must be returned to world markets to ensure food security despite the fighting. The UN fears that rising grain prices and food shortages could destabilize the situation in poor countries dependent on Ukrainian grain and lead to conflicts.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Russia is the largest world exporter of wheat, and Ukraine ranks fifth. Together they provide 19% of the world's supply of barley, 14%— wheat and 4%— corn.

In early April, the European Union decided to limit the import of Russian fertilizers. Later, the Russian Ministry of Defense suspended the passage of foreign warships and other government ships in three areas of the Black Sea for six months, from April 24 to October 31.

Against this, US President Joe Biden announced that he was looking for an opportunity to take 20 million tons of grain. The US president explained the need to export grain with record food prices in the world. According to him, the return of Ukrainian grain to the world market should help reduce prices.

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