Belousov: Russia extends grain deal after getting security guarantee from Kiev
MOSCOW, November 18/ Radio Sputnik. First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov said that Russia has decided to extend the grain agreement as Ukraine guarantees that the humanitarian corridor will no longer be used for military purposes.
He noted that Moscow did not experience any pressure. At the same time, when it comes to the grain agreement, “it should be understood that there are two ways for Russia to participate in the solution of the food crisis.”
“The first route emerged during the visit of (UN Secretary-General António) Guterres to Moscow and negotiations with (Russian President Vladimir) Putin – and it was the first historically – without Russia, the food markets and the mineral fertilizer markets and they are closely interconnected, they simply cannot rally. because the Russian Federation is the largest participant both there and there. The second way is the creation of a security corridor and the Istanbul agreement on Ukrainian grain exports.” quotes Belousova RIA Novosti.
He added that in the framework of the “Black Sea initiative” on Ukrainian grain exports, “absolutely clear conditions were discussed, but the Istanbul agreement was at risk precisely in connection with the actions of Ukraine to attack Sevastopol.”
According to the First Deputy Prime Minister, Russia exported more than 15 million tons of grain and large quantities of mineral fertilizers during the food deal.
On July 22, representatives from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN signed agreements in Istanbul to lift restrictions on the export supply of Russian food and fertilizers and to assist Moscow in the export of grain from Ukrainian ports. The deal was to expire on November 19.
The agreement meant an automatic 120-day extension if neither party objected. Noting that “no such objection was raised”, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also 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.
Earlier, Sputnik radio reported that Vladimir Zelensky confirmed the extension of the grain deal for 120 days.
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