The United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union have eased bans on purchases of Russian fertilizers.

Iran PressEurope: The United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union softened restrictions against Russia in the agricultural sphere to facilitate the process of Russian fertilizer deliveries to emerging markets, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell, and UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said in the joint statement on food security.

"We have always been clear that the target of our sanctions is Russia's war machine and not the food or fertilizer sectors. To that end, we have provided clarity to industry and partners. This includes the UK’s publication of a General License, the US General License 6B; as well as updated and detailed EU guidance. These provisions make clear that banks, insurers, shippers, and other actors can continue to bring Russian food and fertilizer to the world," the statement says.

"We call on our global partners, and on the actors, industries and services involved in agricultural trade, to take note of these provisions; to act in accordance with them; to bring Ukrainian and Russian food and fertilizer to meet acute demand; and to continue to advance the accessibility of food to all," officials said.

The countries also called "on all countries to demonstrate their support for the Black Sea Grain Initiative." According to the statement, support is reiterated "for other efforts by the United Nations to facilitate access to food and fertilizer in global markets."


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