The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry urged the UN on Thursday to force Western nations to eliminate their prohibitions on activities related to the export of Russian fertilisers.
Maria Zakharova stressed the importance of eliminating the prohibition on Russian ships entering foreign ports and international ships entering Russian ports during a news conference in Moscow.
Additionally, she claimed that the export of fertilisers is hampered by sanctions against the Russian Agricultural Bank (Rosselkhozbank), which manages the majority of transactions pertaining to the agricultural sector.
From a practical standpoint, the attitude of the Western nations is intriguing since they only carry out their end of the bargain when there is significant pressure, including through the UN, and they don't want to do it usually.
We anticipate that the UN will work to convince the Americans and Europeans to remove a number of barriers that prevent us from completely supplying Russian grain and fertiliser to the global market.
In order to relieve the sanctions against Rosselkhozbank, which handles the majority of transactions involving fertiliser and food, she said, "We are talking about permission for Russian ships to visit European ports, as well as foreign ships to enter Russian ports.
On July 22, an agreement was made in Istanbul by Turkey, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine to restore grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports that had been suspended since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war in February. To manage the shipments, a Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul was established with representatives from the three nations and the UN.
Zakharova claimed that because Ukrainian commanders coordinate their choice of targets with American armed forces, the US is now a party to the battle in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, she also stated that Russia and the US would like to have "pragmatic cooperation" in space and that Moscow and Washington are discussing restarting inspections under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.