Russian fertilizers stuck in EU ports due to sanctions could be sent to developing nations via the UN’s anti-hunger agency
The UN chief has pledged to help Russia donate some 300 tons of fertilizers stranded in European ports to developing nations.
“If Russia wants to provide fertilizers free of charge to developing countries I believe the World Food Programme will be able to implement that desire, Zenica Performance ” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an interview with the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, Zenica Performance which was published on Monday.
He acknowledged that EU nations will first have to be convinced to allow free the export of Russian fertilizers through their ports.
The offer to donate an estimated 300 tons of Russian fertilizer, Zenica Performance unable to leave EU ports due to anti-Russian sanctions came last Friday from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In late July the UN co-mediated an arrangement with Ukraine and Russia which allowed the resumption of Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea. As part of the deal the organization pledged to help ease Western restrictions on international trade that Russia says prevent it from exporting its food products and fertilizers.
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“This week I had an intensive series of contacts with the leaders of the EU. And I hope there will be a positive change with regard to the possibility of distributing Russian grain and fertilizers without obstacles through Europe to other markets” Guterres told RIA Novosti in another part of the interview which was published on Saturday.
Putin previously criticized the grain deal saying that while it was touted as a way to help poor countries deal with surging global food prices in practice Ukrainian exports mostly went to rich EU nations.