A deal to resume Russian ammonia exports via a pipeline to a Black Sea port in Ukraine is “pretty close,” UN Secretary General Martin Griffiths told a Reuters NEXT event on Wednesday, stressing it was “almost more important” than that Ensuring grain exports.
Easing Russia’s food and fertilizer shipments is a key aspect of a package deal negotiated by the United Nations and Turkey in July and renewed earlier this month, which also restarted Ukraine’s Black Sea grain shipments.
Russia’s February 24 invasion of its neighbor had halted Ukraine’s Black Sea food exports and also closed a pipeline carrying ammonia from Russia to a Black Sea port in Ukraine. Ammonia is an important component of nitrate fertilizers.
When asked about a deal to restart the ammonia pipeline, Griffiths said, “I think we’re pretty close, we’re getting closer to that this week.”
“It’s important,” he said, warning that if Russia’s fertilizer exports don’t resume, they could trigger a food availability problem in a year’s time. “So it’s hugely important, almost more important than grain.”
The United Nations has said Russia’s war in Ukraine has exacerbated a global food crisis, pushing some 47 million people into “acute hunger” and prompting the need for an export deal. Ukraine and Russia are both major global grain and fertilizer exporters.
“The operation of this ammonia pipeline from Russia through Ukraine … is well understood, it is not difficult, it can be started in a week or two. I think we’re going to do it,” Griffiths said.
https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/news/farming-news/un-says-deal-close-on-resuming-russia-ammonia-exports-via-ukraine-42187417.html The UN says deal on resuming Russia’s ammonia exports via Ukraine is complete