The West should remove all obstacles hindering agricultural exports within 60 days, Moscow’s UN envoy has said
Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia attends a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine on February 8, 2023. © Ed JONES / AFP
Western countries have two months to lift sanctions on Russian agricultural exports if they want to maintain the grain deal with Ukraine, Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, said on Friday.
Speaking at the UN Security Council, Nebenzia said that while Moscow had agreed to extend the scheme unlocking agricultural exports via the Black Sea, it could continue only if Western countries address the concerns voiced by Russia.
Nebenzia recalled that the grain deal not only sought to secure agricultural exports from Ukrainian Black Sea ports, but was also meant to promote deliveries of Russian food and fertilizers to the global market. In this regard, the deal “is not being implemented, not in the slightest,” he said.
Moscow has repeatedly demanded that the West lift both “direct and indirect sanctions” on Russian agricultural exports. Those include restrictions related not only to the transfer of goods themselves, but also to the provision of insurance services to Russia and supplying it with relevant technologies and agricultural machinery.