UN Secretary General António Guterres has always been in favor of reaching a package agreement to ensure grain exports from both Ukraine and Russia. This was announced on Friday, June 24, by the official representative of the head of the international organization, Stephane Dujarric, commenting on the statements of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
According to Dujarric, the UN leadership initially talked about a package deal for the export of grain from Ukraine and Russia at the same time, reports RIA Novosti.
As for Lavrov’s statement about the export of Ukrainian grain through Belarus as the easiest option for ensuring supplies, the UN noted that “the Belarusian route for the export of grain from Ukraine was one of the first options proposed by the Secretary General.”
At the same time, Dujarric did not comment on Lavrov’s accusations of the slowness of the UN in resolving the food issue.
Sergei Lavrov said earlier that the UN leadership, by its actions, is prolonging the food crisis, creating problems for many developing countries. According to the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the UN Secretary General proposes “first to agree on Ukrainian grain, then on Russian, while “no one is rushing us”.