Russia threatens to scrap Ukraine grain deal

UN, Russia in Ukraine grain deal talks

Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday threatened to abandon a landmark grain deal with Ukraine if obstacles to Moscow’s exports remained.

Negotiated in July by Turkey and the United Nations, the settlement permits Ukraine — one of many world’s high grain producers — to export grain via a secure hall within the Black Sea.

“If there is no further progress in removing barriers to the export of Russian fertilisers and grain, we will think about whether this deal is necessary,” Lavrov informed a information convention within the Turkish capital Ankara, alongside his counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu.

The settlement has to this point allowed the export of greater than 27 million tonnes of grain and agricultural merchandise.

It was renewed twice. When it was prolonged in March, Russia mentioned it will be legitimate for 60 days as an alternative of the 120 days within the unique settlement.

Moscow has been complaining that its facet of the settlement, promising the appropriate to export fertiliser, is just not being revered.

Turkey is pushing for a 120-day extension though it acknowledges that the settlement has not been totally applied.

“We value the continuation of the agreement which is also important in terms of reducing the global food crisis,” Cavusoglu mentioned.

There aren’t any sanctions on Russian exports of meals and fertilisers to international markets however the issues are associated to the secondary sanctions imposed on delivery and insurance coverage corporations in addition to banks.

“USA and England took some steps in terms of payment and insurance but we have to be fair, the problems continue”, Cavusoglu mentioned, including that obstacles remained.

In the meantime, the inflow of Ukrainian grain into Poland will probably be restricted, the nations introduced Friday, following protests by farmers.

Ukrainian grain has been transiting via the European Union to different nations after the war-torn nation’s conventional Black Sea routes had been blocked by Russia’s invasion.

However due to logistical points, the grain had been piling up and driving down native costs, main to protests and the resignation of Poland’s agriculture minister.

-‘New world order’-


Lavrov additionally met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan later Friday.

NATO member Turkey, which has good ties with each Russia and Ukraine, has pushed each nations to resume peace talks after negotiations broke down final yr.

Lavrov, who arrived in Ankara on Thursday, mentioned Moscow desires any peace talks to give attention to making a “new world order”.

“Any negotiation needs to be based on taking into account Russian interests, Russian concerns,” Lavrov mentioned.

“It should be about the principles on which the new world order will be based,” including that Russia rejects a “unipolar world order led by ‘one hegemon'”.

Russia has lengthy mentioned it was main a wrestle towards the USA’ dominance over the worldwide stage, and argues the Ukraine offensive is a part of that struggle.

The Kremlin this week mentioned it had no alternative however to proceed its greater than year-long offensive in Ukraine, seeing no diplomatic resolution.

Cavusoglu, whose nation hosted talks between Russia and Ukraine final yr, expressed “concerns that the war will escalate in spring,” calling for the resumption of dialogue.

– ‘The dialogue should proceed’ –

Russia in the meantime is mediating talks to normalise ties between Turkey and Syria after years of tensions for the reason that Syrian civil struggle, which has left 500,000 individuals useless and displaced hundreds of thousands since 2011.

Ankara supported insurgent teams preventing to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Cavusoglu mentioned issues can’t be resolved in a single assembly, including: “We are realistic. The dialogue must continue”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Erdogan have been in common contact both on phone or via face-to-face conferences.

Final yr, the 2 leaders met 4 occasions in Sochi, Tehran, Samarkand and Astana.

Erdogan has mentioned Putin may go to Turkey to inaugurate Turkey’s first nuclear energy plant — constructed by a subsidiary of Russia’s nuclear vitality firm, Rosatom.

Turkish media mentioned Putin was unlikely to come and as an alternative could also be linked by video hyperlink for the ceremony on April 27 within the southern province of Mersin.