António Guterres said that he is discussing this issue with Russia and Turkey, among other things. The condition for easing restrictions should be the passage of ships with grain from Ukraine =”UN Secretary General proposes to ease restrictions on potash exports from Russia” />
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has proposed easing restrictions on the export of Russian and Belarusian potash fertilizers in exchange for the passage of ships with grain from Ukrainian ports, The Wall Street Journal writes, citing informed diplomatic sources.
According to them, Guterres is negotiating with Russia, Turkey and other countries. Ankara expressed its readiness to take part in the clearance of the Black Sea and ensure maritime navigation, the publication reports.
The UN fears that rising grain prices and food shortages could destabilize the situation in poor countries dependent on Ukrainian grain, and lead to to conflicts.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Russia is the world's largest exporter of wheat, and Ukraine ranks fifth. Together they provide 19% of the world's supply of barley, 14%— wheat and 4%— corn.
After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, wheat prices jumped to record levels. Bloomberg attributed the jump in prices to fears that military operations in Ukraine would lead to a shortage of this cereal on the market. The fighting has cut off more than a quarter of global wheat exports, according to the agency.
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In April, the Russian Defense Ministry suspended the passage of foreign warships and other government ships in three areas of the Black Sea for six months, from April 24 to October 31. We are talking about an elongated section of the water area along the Crimean coast (approximately from Sevastopol to Gurzuf), a rectangular area off the coast of the Kerch Peninsula (abeam of the Opuk Nature Reserve), as well as a small area of the sea near the western tip of Crimea.
The European Union decided to limit the import of Russian fertilizers. The quota for potassium chloride will be 837.57 thousand tons, for other fertilizers containing potassium— 1.57 million tons. Imports of potash fertilizers are limited by the EU and from Belarus.
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