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Russian FM reassures Egypt with grain delivery

Top Russian diplomats reassured Egyptian leaders on Sunday that Russia’s grain orders would be met when they began a tour of African countries that depended on imports for food supply.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a press conference after meeting with Egyptian Prime Minister Sergey Lavrov that he “confirmed the commitment of Russian grain exporters to fully fulfill their orders.”

“President Vladimir Putin emphasized this in a recent phone call with Egyptian President (Abdel Fatta) Arsisi.”

Lavrov’s visit heats up shortly after a groundbreaking deal signed by Russia and Ukraine with the United Nations and Turkey on Friday to mitigate the global food crisis caused by the blockade of grain delivery in the Black Sea. increase.

Since the Russian troops invaded in February, 20 to 25 million tonnes of grain have been blocked in Ukrainian ports as Ukraine laid mines to prevent amphibious coastal invasion.

The agreement provides for the creation of safe corridors for grain exports from three Ukrainian ports and seeks to promote Russia’s grain exports by removing them from the scope of western sanctions. increase.

“The (UN) Secretary-General (Antonio Guterres) was responsible for lifting these illegal restrictions imposed by the United States and the European Union on (Russian) financial and supply chains,” Lavrov said. ..

Before Russia invaded Ukraine, both countries accounted for 85% of Egypt’s wheat imports.

Following Egypt, Russia’s best diplomats are to visit Uganda, Ethiopia and Congo.

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/07/24/russia-fm-reassures-egypt-on-grain-deliveries-a78392 Russian FM reassures Egypt with grain delivery

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