Large quantities of fertilizers are held up at EU ports, the Russian president has stated

Russia is ready to offer 300,000 tons of fertilizers at the moment amassed at EU ports as a consequence of Western sanctions to growing nations freed from cost, President Vladimir Putin stated on Friday.

Talking at a summit assembly of the Shanghai Cooperation Group (SCO) in Uzbekistan, the Russian chief stated he had mentioned agricultural export points with UN Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres.

The day earlier than yesterday I knowledgeable Mr. Guterres that 300,000 tons of Russian fertilizers had piled up within the European Union’s seaports,” Putin stated, including that Moscow is “prepared to offer them to growing international locations totally free,” and that such deliveries can be instrumental in assuaging the worldwide meals disaster.

In late July, Moscow and Kiev signed a deal unblocking Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea at UN-brokered talks in Istanbul. The settlement can also be supposed to permit Russia to ship fertilizers and meals items to world markets. Nevertheless, Russian officers have repeatedly criticized the West for not honoring the deal.

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Whereas Putin welcomed the choice to permit Russian fertilizers into the EU, he criticized Brussels for under permitting the bloc’s member states to purchase them.

It seems that solely they may buy our fertilizers. What in regards to the growing international locations, the poorest international locations of the world?” he requested.

Putin requested the UN Secretariat to leverage the EU Fee in order that “not in phrases, however in deeds, [it] calls for the removing of those discriminatory restrictions in opposition to growing international locations” by permitting Russian fertilizers to succeed in rising markets.

On Thursday, Russia’s everlasting consultant to the UN Vassily Nebenzia stated that the “unlawful unilateral sanctions” the West has imposed on Moscow over the Ukraine battle are nonetheless blocking the export of Russian meals merchandise and fertilizers to world markets regardless of earlier agreements.

He additionally accused EU officers of “selfishness, cynicism and hypocrisy” for prohibiting European carriers from transporting Russian fertilizers to Africa, Asia or Latin America, whereas permitting deliveries to EU international locations.

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