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Russia questions fate of grain ships from Ukraine

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Moscow, Aug 11.- The Russian Foreign Ministry questioned today that Ukraine’s grain ships, included in the Istanbul food pact, do not sail to the most needy countries.

“Unfortunately, not a ship with grain has yet reached the countries of Africa in famine, the ships sail mainly to Western ports and the range of exported cargo consists mainly of corn grain and sunflower oil,” he said at a press conference. Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iván Necháev.

The diplomat questioned the thesis of Western countries that “world food security depends on the food pact.”

Nechaev stressed that the provision of the agreement, which stipulates facilitating the export of Russian products to the international market, is also not carried out.

In this regard, he reiterated that Moscow expects all treaties to be fully implemented and Western nations to create all the necessary conditions for access of Russian fertilizers and food to international clients.

On July 22, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and representatives of Nations signed an agreement that seeks to unblock the export of Ukrainian grain and fertilizers amid hostilities.

Representatives of the kyiv Government signed a similar document with Ankara and UN representatives.

In addition, Moscow and the international organization established a memorandum to contribute to the export of Russian fertilizers and agricultural products.

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, for his part, announced the creation of the joint coordination center to ensure the safety of bulk carriers transporting grain from Ukrainian ports.

According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure, the resumption of grain exports will allow Ukraine to earn at least one billion dollars per month.(Text and Photo:PL)

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