Russia’s envoy: No grounds to maintain grain deal status quo

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Russia’s envoy: No grounds to maintain grain deal status quo

Russia’s envoy to the United Nations in Geneva, Gennady Gatilov, stated that there were no reasons to maintain the current state of the Black Sea grain deal, which is set to expire on July 18. Gatilov expressed his concerns about the implementation of Russia’s conditions for extending the agreement, including the reconnection of the Russian Agricultural Bank to the SWIFT banking payment system. He emphasized that the current situation does not provide a basis for maintaining the status quo.

The Black Sea deal, established in July 2022 between Russia, Ukraine, the United Nations, and Turkey, aimed to prevent a global food crisis by allowing the safe export of Ukrainian grain trapped by Russia’s invasion from Black Sea ports. However, the United Nations recently expressed concerns about the lack of new ship registrations under the deal since June 26, despite 29 vessel applications being made.

Gatilov also discussed the New Start nuclear weapons treaty between the United States and Russia. He expressed hope that “common sense” would prevail in the United States, avoiding the need to denounce the treaty. Although Russia has suspended its participation in the pact, both sides have committed to respecting its limits, and there have been direct contacts between Moscow and Washington on the issue. Gatilov reiterated Russia’s position that they would only return to a nuclear reduction treaty if the United States abandons its “destructive course” towards Russia. However, he mentioned that Russia is open to discussions on a new treaty to replace the New Start Treaty after its expiration in 2026.

In addition, Gatilov stated that Russia is open to a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis. However, he expressed pessimism due to Kyiv and the West’s reliance on military force. Gatilov’s remarks highlight Russia’s willingness to engage in dialogue and find peaceful resolutions.

Overall, Russia’s envoy to the United Nations in Geneva, Gennady Gatilov, emphasized the need for changes in the Black Sea grain deal, expressed concerns about the lack of new ship registrations, discussed the New Start nuclear weapons treaty, and expressed openness to a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis.

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