Guterres called for the removal of obstacles to the export of Russian fertilizers and food


According to the UN chief, countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine have made it clear that these measures do not apply to food and fertilizers. Nevertheless, the sanctions had a “chilling effect” on Russian exports of fertilizers and agricultural products.

“There are a certain number of obstacles and difficulties that need to be overcome in terms of transportation, (…) insurance and (…) financing,” Guterres told a news conference alongside Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar. According to Guterres, the UN is working with the United States and the European Union to remove these obstacles.

“Without fertilizers in 2022, there may not be enough food in 2023. Getting more food and fertilizers from Ukraine and Russia is necessary to calm the markets (…) and lower prices for consumers,” Guterres was quoted as saying by AFP.

The General Secretary further stated that more than 650,000 tons of grain and other foodstuffs have already been exported as part of the agreement on the resumption of Ukrainian grain exports from last month. “Another part of this agreement is unrestricted access to world markets for Russian food and fertilizers that are not subject to sanctions,” Guterres added after visiting the Joint Coordination Center (JCC), which is supposed to oversee the implementation of the agreement.

Before the February 24 Russian invasion, Russia and Ukraine accounted for approximately one-third of global wheat exports. Russia is also a major exporter of fertilizers.

Guterres visited Ukraine this week. On Thursday, he met Ukrainian and Turkish presidents Volodymyr Zelensky and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Lviv. On Friday, he traveled to Odessa in the south of the country.


Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.

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