Foreign Ministry explained the decision to extend the grain deal for 60 days

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Photo: © Global Look Press/Cfoto/Keystone Press Agency

Russia has decided to extend the grain deal for 60 days due to the lack of progress in the issue of food and fertilizer supplies, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin told reporters.

“This is not an ultimatum, this is a clear, principled and open position of the Russian side”– he said.

The diplomat explained that at the end of the 60-day period, the Russian side will evaluate the progress with the implementation of the memorandum with the UN and then make a decision on the grain deal.

Vershinin called Moscow’s position an important signal of the need to achieve real results by ensuring the unhindered export of Russian food and fertilizers to world markets.

The issue of extending the grain deal arose against the backdrop of anti-Russian sanctions. Due to restrictions, Russia is not able to freely sell agricultural goods. Thus, Maxim Chirkov, assistant professor of political economy at the Faculty of Economics of Moscow State University, claims that the West is sabotaging the grain deal.

In turn, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that Russia is ready to continue to participate in this agreement. However, this will happen only on conditions of equality.

Source: Ren

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