Putin hoped for the lifting of restrictions on the export of Russian grain
Russia will facilitate the export of Ukrainian grain, but at the same time, all bans on the export of Russian grain should be lifted. This was stated by President Vladimir Putin following a summit with the leaders of Iran and Turkey, RIA Novosti reports.
“The Republic of Turkey and President Erdogan personally did a lot to reach an agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain . But initially we put the question in such a way that it should be packaged, namely — we will facilitate the export of Ukrainian grain, but we proceed from the fact that all restrictions related to possible export deliveries of Russian grain will be lifted, — Putin said.
Putin added that initially such agreements were reached with international organizations and other countries, including the United States.
The head of state recalled that the United States had previously lifted restrictions on the export of Russian fertilizers. “As you know, let’s say, the restrictions associated with the supply of Russian fertilizers to the world market have actually been lifted by the Americans. I hope that the same thing, if they sincerely want to improve the situation on world markets, will happen with Russian grain export deliveries,— Putin said.
Last week, a meeting of representatives of the delegations of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN was held in Istanbul. Moscow handed over its proposals to resolve the situation with the supply of grain. As stated in the Russian Ministry of Defense, the parties generally supported them. According to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, the next talks are scheduled for this week.
The topic of grain exports was also discussed at the talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Putin thanked him for mediating negotiations on the export of grain through the Black Sea. Erdogan, in turn, called the Russian position on this issue “positive and constructive.”
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The West and Kyiv accuse Russia of preventing the export of grain accumulated in Ukrainian ports. Moscow denies the accusations, claiming that supplies are being blocked due to the fault of Ukraine, which mined its ports at the beginning of hostilities.
At the end of June, Putin proposed options for exporting grain “through Romania, the Poland, through Belarus, through the ports of the Sea of Azov».