Prospects for a ‘not good’ grain deal – Kremlin – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Only half of the deal is currently implemented, says Dmitry Peskov

The future of the internationally-brokered deal to resume grain shipments from Ukraine looks bleak as all sides have failed to keep their end of the bargain, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. .

The Black Sea Grain Initiative was launched in July with the aim of allowing grain vessels to leave Ukrainian Black Sea ports after becoming stuck there due to the Ukrainian conflict. The agreement also aimed to “facilitate unlimited access” grain and fertilizer exports from Russia.

Moscow has since insisted that while the export of wheat, corn and other agricultural products from Ukraine continues, Russian companies are still struggling with the obstacles put in place by the sanctions.

“We know that the representatives of the United Nations are making efforts [to maintain the agreement]but the second half of the deal is still not working and its terms are not being implemented,” said Peskov. “No chord can stand on one leg – it needs two legs to stand. In this sense, judging by the current situation, the prospects are not so good. »

The American and European sanctions do not contain an outright ban on Russian fertilizer exports to third countries. However, they have created problems in terms of logistics, payments for transactions, and shipping insurance.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has also previously claimed that only a small fraction of Ukrainian grain is delivered to the world’s poorest countries. According to the UN, only 28% of the cargo went to low and lower middle income states in September, while the rest went to upper and upper middle income states. The organization said, however, that the destinations listed may not all be final.

In March, Russia agreed to extend the deal for 60 days. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said at the time that the organization “do everything possible to preserve the integrity” of the agreement and ensure that it continues to operate.

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