Foreign Minister Lavrov said that UN Secretary General Guterres is dragging out the food crisis. According to the minister, the UN is slow to respond to an urgent issue. In turn, Guterres is trying to resolve the issue of exporting grain from Ukrainian ports without taking into account the corridors that Russia opens

UN Secretary General António Guterres is prolonging the food crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Belarus TV channel 1". Video posted on YouTube.

“Essentially, by its actions, it is delaying the food crisis. If it does not make it possible to quickly direct that grain, it is regrettable, — he said, answering a question about the export of Ukrainian grain.

Guterres is trying to solve the problem and sends representatives to negotiations in Moscow. All proposals, including the export of grain through Belarus, Romania or Moldova, are put “on paper”; and transferred to New York. However, the UN is slow to respond to an urgent matter, the minister said.

Lavrov said that the Russian military daily opens safe corridors for the export of grain. At the same time, Guterres is trying to resolve this issue without taking these actions into account. “He wants to first agree on Ukrainian grain, then on Russian grain,” — Lavrov said.

The official representative of the Secretary General, Stephane Dujarric, explained that Guterres has always advocated reaching a package agreement on the simultaneous export of grain from Ukraine and Russia, RIA Novosti reports. One of the UN representatives reminded the agency that the option of exporting grain through Belarus was among the first proposals of the Secretary General.

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Russia began hostilities in Ukraine on February 24. Since then, ships with grain for export have stopped leaving Ukrainian ports. Kyiv accused Moscow of blocking the ports and demanded an international operation to get ships out of the Black Sea because of distrust of Russia's unilateral guarantees. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that the Russian authorities are using hunger and grain to gain influence in the world. The Kremlin said that the Ukrainian authorities mined the exits from them.

According to Vice Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Maurizio Martin, they blocked at least 6 million tons of wheat and 14 million tons of corn. The situation with the inability to export grain leads to higher prices for products and can provoke famine in developing countries, including an increase in the number of hungry people around the world by 18 million people.

After the EU imposed sanctions against Russian fertilizers, Guterres called for the return of products to world markets in order to ensure food security.

On June 21, at talks in Moscow, representatives of the Ministries of Defense of Russia and Turkey discussed ensuring the safe exit of agricultural products from Ukraine. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the talks constructive. He specified that the countries plan to hold a meeting in Istanbul with the participation of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN. However, he did not name her dates.

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Sergey Lavrov

Diplomat, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia

March 21, 1950

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