U.N. Had ‘Constructive’ Talks on Russian Grain, Fertilizer Exports

U.S. prepared to present “consolation letters” to delivery and insurance coverage to encourage wanted grain and fertilizer exports.

By Michelle Nichols

UNITED NATIONS, Might 31 (Reuters) – A senior U.N. official had “constructive discussions” in Moscow with Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov on facilitating Russian grain and fertilizer exports to world markets, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric mentioned on Tuesday.

The U.N. official, Rebecca Grynspan, is now in Washington for talks on the identical subject “with the important thing purpose of addressing rising world meals insecurity,” Dujarric mentioned. 

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield mentioned the US is ready to present “consolation letters” to delivery and insurance coverage corporations to assist facilitate exports of Russian grain and fertilizer. 

She famous that Russian grain and fertilizer weren’t straight sanctioned by the US however that “corporations are a little bit nervous and we’re ready to present them consolation letters if that may assist to encourage them.”

U.N. Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres, who visited Moscow and Kyiv final month, is attempting to dealer what he calls a “package deal deal” to renew each Ukrainian meals exports and Russian meals and fertilizer exports. 

Russia’s conflict in Ukraine has fueled a worldwide meals disaster with costs for grains, cooking oils, gasoline and fertilizer hovering. Russia and Ukraine account for practically a 3rd of worldwide wheat provides, whereas Russia can be a key fertilizer exporter and Ukraine is a serious exporter of corn and sunflower oil.

Since Russia invaded on Feb. 24, Ukrainian grain shipments from its Black Sea ports have stalled and greater than 20 million tonnes of grain are caught in silos, whereas Moscow says the chilling impact of Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the conflict has disrupted its fertilizer and grain exports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned on Monday that Russia was able to facilitate the unhindered export of grain from Ukrainian ports in coordination with Turkey, in accordance with a Kremlin readout of talks with President Tayyip Erdogan. 

“The Secretary-Normal is extraordinarily grateful for the assist that Turkey is giving in addressing the scenario within the Black Sea and supporting the Secretary-Normal’s personal efforts,” Dujarric mentioned. 

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; modifying by Costas Pitas and Sandra Maler)

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