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Russia and UN discuss food agreement

Moscow, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin and representatives of the United Nations Organization discussed the implementation of the food agreement agreed upon in Istanbul, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.

The exchange detailed the points of view on the implementation of the food agreement proposed by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, aiming at overcoming the crisis, the Sputnik news reported.

The Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Rebeca Grynspan, and the Deputy Secretary General of the UN Organization for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, participated in the exchange with Vershinin, held in Moscow.

The Russian side raised the issue of the need to deliver cereals and fertilizers to the countries most in need and vulnerable to the threat of famine in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

On July 22nd, Russia, Turkey and the UN signed an agreement in Istanbul to unblock Ukraine’s grain and fertilizer exports amid hostilities, while representatives of the Ukrainian government signed a similar document with Ankara and the UN.

In addition, Russia signed a memorandum with the UN to facilitate the export of Russian fertilizers and agricultural products to international markets.

A Joint Coordination Center to ensure the safety of bulk carriers carrying grain from Ukraine and carry out the necessary inspections was established in Istanbul within the framework of the so-called Black Sea Grain Initiative.


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