15 Nov 2022 13:45

Russia calls for lifting discriminatory obstacles on global energy markets - Lavrov

DENPASAR, Indonesia. Nov 15 (Interfax) - Russia has called for lifting discriminatory obstacles on global energy markets and establishing a fair dialogue between energy suppliers and consumers at the G20 summit, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

"We have called against politicization of these issues, first and foremost, the use of energy issues in settling political scores, as the EU has been demonstrating over years in regard to the Nord Stream pipelines," Lavrov said.

"We have urged the G20 to address specific issues, such as the lifting any discriminatory and artificial obstacles on global energy markets and proposed that a free and fair dialogue be finally established between energy suppliers and consumers," he said.

It has also "demonstrated Russia's capacity for the provision of stability on global grain markets, above all wheat, in addition to global fertilizer markets," Lavrov said.

"We have pointed to the obstacles that remain on this path despite the agreement reached within the framework of the secretary-general's package initiative, according to which the UN will be lifting impediments to the exports of our fertilizers and grain," he said.

"Russia has exported 10.5 million tonnes of grain, mostly wheat, about 8 million tonnes, despite all the difficulties and sanctions, including about 60% to Asia and about 40% to African countries," Lavrov said.