Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov has rejected a proposal to revive an agreement for grain export from Ukraine through the Black Sea, deeming it unrealistic. Despite this, Russia acknowledges the efforts of the United Nations. This decision was announced during a press conference following Lavrov’s speech to the General Assembly of the United Nations. The proposal put forth by UN Secretary General Guterres outlined potential steps that the UN could take if Russia agrees to restart the Black Sea grain export deal. However, Lavrov expressed his disagreement with the proposal, stating that it is unworkable and impossible to implement. He further dismissed Ukraine’s “10-point peace plan” as impractical and suggested that the conflict would only be resolved through military means if Ukraine and the West continue their actions. Meanwhile, the UN’s proposal heavily depends on the goodwill of Western countries and the private sector. However, Russia’s continuous bombing of Ukraine’s ports and grain warehouses has led Guterres to accuse Russia of undermining UN efforts to enhance Ukraine’s food and fertilizer exports. It is important to note that this report adheres to the professional standards of Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
[国連 ２３日 ロイター] – Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov rejected on the 23rd the proposal as unrealistic regarding the revival of an agreement to export grain from Ukraine through the Black Sea, although Russia does not deny the efforts of the United Nations.
In a letter to Foreign Minister Lavrov last month, UN Secretary General Guterres outlined four steps the UN could take immediately if Russia agrees to restart the Black Sea grain export deal.
“I explained to the Secretary General why his proposal does not work. I will not reject it. It is not realistic. It is impossible to implement,” Lavrov said at a press conference following his speech to the General Assembly the United Nations.
The UN proposal depends on the goodwill of Western countries and the private sector. But Russia has continued to bomb Ukraine’s ports and grain warehouses, and this week Guterres accused Russia of undermining UN efforts to boost the country’s food and fertilizer exports.
Lavrov also declared that Ukraine’s “10-point peace plan” was “completely impractical.” He said that if Ukraine and the West continued, the conflict would be resolved on the battlefield.
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