UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday that Russian fertilizers and agricultural products must reach global markets “without hindrance”.
“It’s important that all governments and the private sector work together to bring them to market,” he said from the Joint Coordination Center.
The agreement also guarantees Russia’s right to export its own agricultural products and fertilizers despite Western sanctions.
“If there is no fertilizer in 2022, we may not have enough food in 2023. Getting more food and fertilizer from Ukraine and Russia will further calm commodity markets and increase consumer demand. is essential to bring down the price of ,” he said.
He left for the southern city of Odessa on Friday.
Earlier on Saturday, he visited an ambulance chartered by the United Nations to transport grain for Ukraine on the southern coast of Istanbul on the Sea of Marmara.
The UN secretary-general vowed on Thursday that his organization would try to “bolster” grain exports from Ukraine before winter sets in, as they are critical to many African countries’ food supplies.
Ukraine’s ambassador to Ireland, Larisa Gerasko, said the continuation of the shipments would ultimately “depend on Russia, Russia’s actions.”
Under the terms of the July agreement, since August 1, 650,000 tons of Ukrainian grain and agricultural products have left the Ukrainian ports of Odessa, Chornomorsk and Pivdeny.
Grain exports from Ukraine, one of the world’s leading producers and exporters, were blocked for months after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, raising concerns of a global food crisis.
Crops, fertilizers in Russia must move ‘unhindered’: UN chief
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