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Russian Ambassador Decries Stagnant Grain Initiative Despite UN Efforts, Proposes 200,000-Ton Wheat Aid to Africa

Russian Ambassador Decries Stagnant Grain Initiative Despite UN Efforts, Proposes 200,000-Ton Wheat Aid to Africa
Russia’s Ambassador to Turkiye, Aleksei Erkhov [X]

Russian Ambassador Decries Stagnant Grain Initiative Despite UN Efforts, Proposes 200,000-Ton Wheat Aid to Africa

Amidst persistent efforts by the United Nations to reignite the grain initiative, which aimed to facilitate the safe export of essential grain and food supplies, Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey, Aleksei Erkhov, expressed deep concern over the lack of progress.

Erkhov, in his statements reported by the Daily Sabah, lamented the stagnation, emphasising that despite earnest interventions by the UN, the initiative remains at a frustrating standstill.

He highlighted,

“Our part of the package is at the zero level. Efforts are deployed by the UN, but they are fruitless. The problem lies in the fact the West continues to impose and keep sanctions on food and fertilisers from Russia.”

The obstruction arises from the continuous imposition of sanctions by Western nations, particularly on food and fertiliser imports originating from Russia.”

The crux of the issue revolves around the unsuccessful attempts to resurrect the Black Sea grain deal, initially brokered by the UN and Turkiye but eventually abandoned by Russia in July.

Russia’s withdrawal from the deal occurred a year after its inception, citing impediments in its own food and fertiliser exports, coupled with inadequate Ukrainian grain supply to countries facing acute shortages.

Shedding light on Russia’s proactive approach, Erkhov disclosed the nation’s proposition to gratuitously supply wheat to the poorest African countries.

He further stated,

“We expect 200,000 tons of grain to be sent by the end of the year. Two ships already departed some days ago to Somalia and Burkina Faso.”

The unresolved deadlock continues to impact the global stabilisation of food prices and the secure export of crucial commodities, casting a shadow on the international community’s efforts.

Despite diplomatic interventions, the sanctions imposed on Russian food and fertiliser exports pose a significant obstacle, hindering the revival of critical grain initiatives.

Consequently, this predicament leaves vulnerable nations in a state of uncertainty, awaiting a resolution to the ongoing impasse.

 

 


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