Vershinin discussed the issue of Russian fertilizers with the UN representative

Deputy Foreign Minister Vershinin discussed with UN representative Greenspan the issue of Russian fertilizers

On January 12, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin discussed by telephone with the Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Rebeca Greenspan the issue of removing Russian fertilizers and agricultural products from the sanctions.

“The interlocutors continued to discuss issues related to the implementation of the Russian-UN Memorandum on the promotion of Russian fertilizers and agricultural products on world markets. Particular attention was paid to the tasks of ensuring the real withdrawal of domestic agricultural products from the unilateral anti-Russian sanctions, the restoration of bank settlements, the normalization of transport logistics and freight insurance,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Earlier, UN Secretary General’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that the UN continues to work on removing obstacles to exports of Russian food and fertilizers.

The grain deal, which was signed last July 22 by representatives of Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UN, involves the export of Ukrainian grain, food and fertilizers via the Black Sea from three ports, including Odessa. The contract expired on November 18, but implied an automatic extension for 120 days in the absence of objections from the parties. The deal itself was part of a package deal that included unblocking Russian exports of food and fertilizers, which Moscow said had not been fulfilled. At the same time, there were assurances from the UN that the restrictions would be lifted.

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