MOSCOW, Sept. 23 (Sputnik) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres discussed the implementation of the Black Sea Grains Agreement and confirmed the need for its full implementation, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.
“[They] extensively discussed the implementation of the Istanbul agreements on the export of Ukrainian food products from the Black Sea ports and on the unhindered export of Russian agricultural products and fertilizers. The parties have confirmed the need to ensure the nature of their package and its full implementation,” the ministry said in a statement after the meeting on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
In addition, the parties discussed cooperation between Russia and the UN and specific initiatives aimed at improving the efficiency of the organization and its secretariat.
“[They] reaffirmed a mutual commitment to preserve the central coordinating role of the world organization, whose activities must be strictly based on its statutory objectives and principles, including the sovereign equality of all member states,” the ministry added.
On July 22, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey signed a UN-brokered initiative to provide a humanitarian sea corridor for ships carrying food and fertilizer exports from Black Sea ports. Three key Ukrainian ports – Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhne – have been unblocked to resume exports. The Istanbul-based Joint Coordination Center (JCC) was established to monitor the implementation of the initiative, including ensuring that cargo ships do not carry unauthorized goods or personnel.