In Moscow, they do not yet see the prospects for the continuation of the "grain agreement", consultations continue.
This was announced on Monday by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Vershinin, Interfax reports.
"We don't see them. But, of course, we continue consultations with UN representatives regarding both parts of the package agreements that were signed in July last year," he said.
Vershinin noted that "this would help ensure the best food security."
"But the existing significant distortions, which we pointed out earlier, have not yet been eliminated. They must be eliminated," the deputy minister emphasized.
Asked whether the Russian side could take any retaliatory measures within the framework of the current agreement, if the conditions for the launch of the ammonia pipeline are not met, he said: "In any case, we assume that the existing agreements concluded should be implemented in to the full extent. scope: without skewing in one direction or another. Otherwise such permissions will not work."
As reported, Kyiv may allow the transit of Russian ammonia through Ukrainian territory if it receives guarantees from Russia and the UN that the Black Sea Grain Initiative will work without obstacles.
In September 2022, President Volodymyr Zelenskyi called the return of prisoners of war to Russia a condition for resuming the export of Russian ammonia. Subsequently, the mass media wrote that the condition is the expansion of the "grain agreement" so that it includes more Ukrainian ports and a wider range of goods.
It will be recalled that in mid-May, despite Russia's threats to withdraw from the agreement, the Black Sea Grain Initiative was extended for another two months.