Russia Sends Kenya Free Fertilizer As Grain Deal Doesn’t Work

Nairobi (EFE) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced today that his country has sent 30,000 tons of grain to Kenya after ensuring that contract on Black Sea grain recently extended “doesn’t work”.

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“As for Kenya, literally in a few days a cargo of 30,000 tons of fertilizer will arrive at the port of Mombasa,” Lavrov said at a press conference during his visit to the African country.

Lavrov emphasized that the said delivery will have “great importance” for agriculture these African countries.

For his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised free grain and fertilizer if the Turkish-UN-sponsored deal is not extended.

In this regard, Lavrov emphasized that “if it continues as it is, and, as it seems, it will, it will have to be noted that (the agreement) no longer works”.

The Russia-UN memorandum has not been fulfilled. The process is very slow. “We cannot fail to assess the actions of the European Union and its members as open sabotage of the set goals in the field of food safety.”

He acknowledged that Moscow has the ability to supply its production outside of the said memorandum, but insisted that if the UN could fulfill the terms of the agreement, “its impact on the food and fertilizer market would be much more positive.”

In mid-May, Russia agreed to extend this agreement by 60 days, a decision that many analysts believed was related to the Turkish elections.

“Distortions in its application must be corrected as soon as possible,” said María Zajárova, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On March 18, Moscow also extended the agreement by only 60 days, instead of the 120 days proposed by Kiev and the United Nations, with the explanation that the obligations towards the Russian side are not being fulfilled.

To date, under agreement 30 million tons of agricultural products were exported, of which half was corn and almost a third was wheat, and the main recipients were China and Spain.

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