To combat the threat to global food security, it is necessary to ensure the export of Russian fertilizers as part of a “product deal”. This was announced to journalists on Friday by the representative of the UN Secretary General Stephane Dujarric.
The grain deal was signed on July 22 by representatives of Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UN. It involves the export of Ukrainian grain, food and fertilizer by the Black Sea from three ports, including Odessa. The extension of the grain deal was announced by the Ukrainian authorities and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan on November 17. UN Secretary General António Guterres welcomed the agreement of all parties to resume the food deal and reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to removing barriers to food and fertilizer exports from Russia. Later, this information was confirmed by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“UN Conference Director-General Rebecca Greenspan and her team continue to work closely with all relevant players to try and smooth the path and ensure this happens. Because this is part of the signed agreements and it is extremely important in the context of efforts to combat the threat to global food security, ”Dujarric is quoted by RIA Novosti as saying.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on insurance support for a grain deal. The document allows Russian insurance companies in 2023 to conclude deals with insurers and insurance brokers from unfriendly countries to support the export of food and mineral fertilizers. At the same time, in early January, Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, as part of the “grain deal”, about 17 million tons of products were already exported.
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