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Russia reveals position on Istanbul grain deal

RT | March 2, 2023

The Black Sea “grain deal” arranged last August is not working as intended, because the grain from Ukraine is not going to the needy countries of Africa and Asia, while the West continues to block all Russian food and fertilizer exports, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.

The arrangement, negotiated by the UN and signed on July 22, 2022 in Istanbul, established a safe corridor for ships bringing corn and wheat from Odessa to countries facing food insecurity. It was also supposed to re-establish the export of grain and fertilizer from Russia, the ministry noted in a statement.

Eight months later, only the first part of the deal has been implemented, and in a way “far from the declared humanitarian goals,” the ministry said. Since August 1 last year, Ukraine has exported over 23 million tons of grain, of which 70% was animal feed. Of that, the EU accounted for 47% and “upper-middle income countries” for another 34%, Moscow said, while only 2.6% is currently going to countries needing food the most.

Meanwhile, there has been “close to zero” progress in unblocking the delivery of Russian grain or fertilizer, badly needed elsewhere. Kiev has continued to block the Togliatti-Odessa ammonia pipeline “for purely political reasons,” resulting in a shortage of 2.5 million tons of raw material that could produce seven million tons of fertilizer and feed 200 million people, the ministry said.

The US and its allies have said their sanctions do not include Russian food and fertilizer – but they have banned all Russian ships from docking in their ports or accessing insurance and brokerage service, imposing a total blockade on commercial shipping in effect, if not in name.

“It’s time to stop playing the food card. The lion’s share of grain from Ukraine goes to the European Union as fodder at dumping prices, and not to the poorest countries,” the ministry noted. “Russian agricultural exports are being blatantly hindered, no matter how much the Europeans and Americans, who are used to telling lies, try to convince everyone otherwise.”

As an example, the ministry said that 262,000 tons of Russian fertilizer has been blocked in the Dutch and Baltic state ports for months. Moscow has offered the fertilizer to African countries absolutely free of charge, yet only one shipment of 20,000 tons, destined for Malawi, has managed to depart so far.

Russia is working on its own to organize deliveries to Africa, since the UN process is plagued by such difficulties and delays, the ministry added.

Moscow is therefore forced to conclude that the grain deal “does not work,” identifying the main problem as “sabotage by Western countries” of the Russia-UN memorandum.

“It is obvious that Americans and Europeans do not care about the needs of countries in need, nor about the efforts of the UN, which they have long and persistently tried to turn into a tool for serving their political goals,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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  1. If the United State government would be willing to ignore the needs of its own people, which it did in Palestine, Ohio, then how do you think the US would react to a crisis in a foreign country, other than Ukraine? There is only one reason the USA backed Ukraine, in the first place. To defeat Russia and break it up into several separate squabbling states, each pitted against the other. I

    I have had intense discussions with several Ukrainian ex-pats and Russians on this subject in Florida. Only one of them understood what is really going on, for two reasons. One, he refuses to cloud his thinking with prejudices and false narratives spewing daily from mainstream media. Besides me, he listens to a few American voices with military experience who have a good grasp of the truth.

    The America I was raised in after WWII has slipped into the hands of some very bad people. Consequently, it was hijacked by an Anglo-American financial oligarchy one former CIA officer who goes by the name of Ray McGovern calls the MICIMATT ie Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think Tank Complex. I would add Financial to the acronym but it doesn’t fit.

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    Comment by Thomas Lee Simpson | March 2, 2023 | Reply

  2. US = outrageoUS

    Needed: regime change and complete reordering/replacement/restructuring of the establishment.


    Comment by roberthstiver | March 3, 2023 | Reply

    • The absence of “Good” in US Government policy has made Evil at home. It will take men and women of goodwill a generation to recover once recovery begins. The backers of the NATO war in Ukraine are the same crowd that is behind the causes of the current trans-Atlantic banking crisis and economic collapse in Europe and N. America. This is what is driving the war in Ukraine. The Anglo-American oligarchy has failed at every turn. Until now, the screw of government has turned very slowly. But now multiple crises are hitting the oligarchy simultaneously. This presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to outflank the financial interests behind the throne. We must do what FDR did as soon as he entered office. Instead of a panic-driven hyper-inflationary taxpayer bailout. we have to find a way to ram through legislation to restore the Glass-Steagall Act and put the US banking system through orderly bankruptcy reorganization. The same should be done in every nation in the trans-Atlantic region. GS reorganization creates a two-tier banking system separating commercial banking from investment banking and canceling all derivatives obligations. This is the way to restore prudent banking and end the casino economy. This is the first step Lyndon LaRouche required for a return to sound economic policy. LaRouche’s Four Laws are the only measures that will work.

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      Comment by Thomas Lee Simpson | March 18, 2023 | Reply

      • One (old) man’s personal opinion: the Age of (dis)Information Technology has set us on a path of centrifugal force the ultimate denouement of which cannot be imagined…but it will not be pretty or enlightening. We have simply passed the point of resurrection or recovery of any sort of democratic (hah!) or civilizational or humanistic inclinations. (China may have a multi-polar chance to pull the [colonialist/”exceptional”] world out of its baser/no-win instincts. I wish it well.)


        Comment by roberthstiver | March 18, 2023 | Reply

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