The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, inspected on Saturday August 20 a grain ship anchored off the Turkish coast. A boat took the general secretary from Istanbul to the grain ship. The vessel was chartered by the United Nations to transport Ukrainian grain to the southern shore of Istanbul.
Ukraine, one of the main producers of food grains, has been attacked by Russia since February 24 this year. The invasion has created obstacles in the way of grain exports from Ukraine, raising the specter of a global food crisis. But an agreement was brokered by the UN and Turkey between Ukraine and Russia which resulted in an agreement for safe passage of grain ships to and from Ukraine.
The deal also guarantees Russia the right to sell fertilizers and agricultural products despite Western sanctions. António Guterres said Russian fertilizers and agricultural products should be able to reach world markets “unimpeded”. He warned of a global food crisis next year if that didn’t happen.
“It is important that all governments and the private sector cooperate to bring them to market,” he said from the Joint Coordination Center (JCC).
The CCM oversees the implementation of the Ukrainian grain export agreement signed in July by Kyiv and Moscow.
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“What we see here in Istanbul and Odessa is only the most visible part of the solution. The other part of this comprehensive deal is unhindered access to global markets for Russian food and fertilizers, which are not subject to sanctions,” said António Guterres. said, adding that despite this, Russian exports of fertilizers and agricultural products still faced “hurdles”.
“Without fertilizer in 2022, there may not be enough food in 2023. Getting more food and fertilizer from Ukraine and Russia is crucial to further calm commodity markets and lower prices. for consumers,” he said.
(With agency contributions)
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