Russia reveals grain volumes to Asia and Africa — RT Business News

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More than ten million tons have already been delivered, according to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russia has maintained grain shipments to African and Asian countries, despite Western obstacles that violate the UN-backed food shipment agreement reached in July, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Indonesia, Mr Lavrov pointed out that a total of 10.5 million tonnes of cereals, mainly wheat, have been supplied, of which 60% to Asia and around 40% to Africa.

According to Lavrov, the United Nations briefed him on written US and EU promises to remove barriers to the export of Russian grain and fertilizer. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres assured that the implementation of the food agreement was a priority issue.

The Russian Foreign Minister stressed, however, that it was important to put all these promises into practice and not « on paper. »

In July, a landmark grain transport agreement was reached between Russia and Ukraine, two of the world’s leading agricultural exporters, with the mediation of the UN and Turkey. It aimed to unblock grain exports from Ukraine and Russia, which had come to a halt due to the conflict between the two neighbours.

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Moscow has provided all the conditions for ships carrying Ukrainian grain to leave Black Sea ports, but has complained for months that Guterres’ promise to remove obstacles blocking Russian food and fertilizer exports, created by Western sanctions, has not been met.

The UN has pledged to encourage the United States and its allies to lift restrictions that Moscow says are hampering exports of its food and fertilizers. Russian traders have only limited access to banking and maritime insurance services due to Western sanctions.

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