3 May 2023 16:43

Guterres waiting for Russia's response to Black Sea grain deal proposal

DUBAI. May 3 (Interfax) - United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said he is expecting a response from the parties, including from Russia, to his proposal to extend and expand the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

"I have presented a new proposal for the extension, improvement, and expansion of the Black Sea [Grain] Initiative to the presidents of the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Turkey," Guterres said at a press conference in Kenya.

"I was informed that the Kremlin is looking into the proposal and there would be a response [...]," he said.

Commenting on negotiations to resolve the problem of agricultural and fertilizer exports from Russia, Guterres said that Secretary General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development Rebeca Grynspan would travel to Moscow for talks.

"Rebeca Grynspan will be back in Moscow this week," he said.