US urges to report problems with Russian food and fertilizer exports

US urges to report problems with Russian food and fertilizer exports

The US urges to report problems with the export of food and fertilizers from Russia

Russian cargo ship «Matros Koshka» passes the Bosporus Strait towards the Mediterranean Sea. Istanbul, Turkey May 27, 2022.   US urges to report problems with Russian food and fertilizer exports

State Department spokesman stressed that Russian food and fertilizers are not subject to US sanctions

Members of the global community should look to the US for help if they have trouble importing Russian food and fertilizer, a senior State Department official said Wednesday, stressing that such goods are not subject to US sanctions imposed on Moscow over the war in Ukraine.

“Nothing prevents Russia from exporting its grains or fertilizers, except for its own policies and actions,” Ramin Tolui, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, told reporters.

He added that concerns had been raised about “so-called excessive enforcement of the sanctions.” Washington imposed a string of sanctions on Moscow after Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine on February 24.

Facilitation of Russian food and grain exports is a key part of attempts by UN and Turkish officials to reach a package deal with Moscow that would also allow deliveries of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea port of Odessa.

A meeting between representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN is likely to take place in Istanbul in the coming weeks, sources in Ankara said on Tuesday.

“We fully support this and want to see it come true,” said Tolui on the efforts being made by the UN. “We will continue to coordinate closely with the UN delegation and the government of Ukraine on ways to mitigate the impact on global food security of Putin’s war in Ukraine.”

The war triggered a global food crisis. Russia and Ukraine account for almost a third of the world's wheat, with Russia also a key exporter of fertilizers and Ukraine an exporter of corn and sunflower oil.

Moscow denies any involvement in the food crisis, blaming Western sanctions for it. Moscow also accuses Ukraine of mining the sea area around the Black Sea ports.

“The United States does not want countries and companies to experience difficulties in buying Russian food and fertilizers, as well as in accessing these goods to international markets,” Tolui said.

He urged countries to contact the US Treasury Department or local US embassies if they have problems buying Russian food or fertilizer.

Secretary Anthony Blinken will attending the German food security ministerial meeting on Friday ahead of the three-day G7 summit starting in Germany on Sunday.