Nebenzya named Moscow’s conditions for extending the grain deal in 60 days
Moscow will consider extending the product deal after 60 days only if there is tangible progress in the execution of the Russian part. This is stated in the letter of the Permanent Representative Russia at the UN Vasily Nebenzya to the Deputy Secretary General of the organization Martin Griffiths and the head of UNCTAD, Rebecca Greenspan, reports RIA Newsreferring to a copy of the letter, which is at the disposal of the agency.
“Consideration by the Russian side of a further extension of the Black Sea Grain Initiative after the specified date will be possible only depending on the achievement of tangible progress in the implementation of the memorandum of understanding between the Russian Federation and the UN Secretariat to assist in the promotion of Russian food and fertilizers to global markets,” the letter says.
The further fate of the product deal will also depend on whether Rosselkhozbank to SWIFT, as well as from a number of other requirements (the resumption of deliveries of agricultural machinery to Russia, the removal of restrictions on insurance and access to ports for Russian cargo ships, the resumption of the ammonia pipeline, the unblocking of accounts and financial activities of Russian fertilizer companies), says also in the letter of the Russian Permanent Representative.
On Saturday afternoon, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said the deal had been extended by 120 days. As Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova clarified, Moscow notified all parties of the extension of the agreement for only 60 days, both verbally and by sending special notes.