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UN conducts “secret diplomacy” to remove barriers to export of Russian fertilizers

UN, March 9 – RIA Novosti. Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, said at a briefing that the UN is conducting “secret diplomacy” on Russian food and fertilizer exports as part of a “product agreement”, which he hopes will bear fruit.

“We are conducting covert diplomacy at this stage and we hope it bears fruit,” Haq said.

Maria Zakharova, official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia - RIA Novosti, 1920, 03/09/2023

Zakharova considers possibilities of extending grain deal

This is an agreement signed by the representatives of Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UN on July 22, 2022 and includes the export of Ukrainian grain, food and fertilizers via the Black Sea from three ports, including Odessa. The Joint Coordination Center (JCC) in Istanbul is responsible for coordinating the movement of ships. The contract expired on November 18, 2022, but meant an automatic 120-day extension until March 18 if either party did not object. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that “no such objection has been received” and noted that the Russian side allowed the technical extension of the “Black Sea initiative” for Ukrainian grain exports without any change in terms and scope.

The grain deal itself is an integral part of the package deal, which provides, among other things, to unblock Russia’s exports of food and fertilizers, which Moscow noted is not fully implemented. At the same time, assurances came from the UN that restrictions would be lifted.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres - RIA Novosti, 1920, 18.01.2023

Guterres urged to attract private sector to export fertilizer from Russia

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