Russia said on Wednesday it still sees no progress in easing its exports of fertilizers and grains – parts of the Black Sea Grains Agreement which Moscow sees as fundamental to extending the initiative beyond next week.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters the United States and the European Union were hampering Russia’s exports and said it was unclear whether Moscow would extend its participation in the initiative, which expires on November 19.
“The US and the EU continue to impede the export of Russian fertilizers and grain. We will take this into account when deciding whether to extend the Grains Agreement,” she said.
Russia in July agreed to a deal brokered by the United Nations in Turkey that allowed Ukraine, a major grain exporter, to resume exports through Black Sea ports blocked by Russian warships.
But Moscow complains that its own grain and fertilizer exports, while not directly affected by Western sanctions, are effectively blocked because the sanctions affect insurance, port access and other vital logistics.
Russia suspended its participation in the grain deal on October 29, blaming a Ukrainian drone attack on its Black Sea fleet, but reverted to it four days later after mediation by the Turkish president.
https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/news/farming-news/russia-links-extension-of-black-sea-deal-to-freeing-its-grain-and-fertiliser-exports-42133342.html Russia links the extension of the Black Sea Agreement with the release of its grain and fertilizer exports