Moscow outlines terms of prolonging grain agreement

(MENAFN) Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told RT at the G20 meeting on Wednesday that Russia supports the renewal of the grain transport agreement reached with Ukraine, but only under strict adherence to the United Nation-backed accord.

He clarified that Russia would agree to a renewal beginning on November 19 as long as the original text's commitment about the delivery of crops to the poorest nations was upheld.

Siluanov also mentioned that “we favor the extension of the grain deal, but we insist that the grain that is supplied under the Black Sea agreement goes exactly to the countries that need it most, not to Western countries, and not to Europe, as it is happening now.”

According to Sergey Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, grain exports to Asian and African nations have continued despite Western barriers that were in violation of the grain agreement. He continued by claiming that 10.5 million tons of food, mostly wheat, had been given, with around 40 percent of it going to Africa and 60 percent to Asia.


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