UN Secretary-General heads to Washington for negotiations on grain agreement "rescue"
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is to visit Washington to meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to "save" the grain deal
The New York Times writes about it.
The UN secretary-general is expected to meet with Antony Blinken and members of Congress during three days of meetings in Washington after speaking with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday.
Among other topics, Antonio Guterres is expected to discuss the war in Ukraine and the grain deal, which is increasingly under threat amid complaints from Russia that aspects of the deal that would have boosted Russian grain and fertilizer exports are not adhered to, the journalists claimed.
Antonio Guterres' press secretary said on Tuesday that now is a very delicate moment in the recovery of the Black Sea Initiative.
The Russian Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation accused Ukraine of violating the grain agreement, stating that Ukrainian drones allegedly attacked Sevastopol using grain corridors.
On March 14, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation offered to extend the "grain agreement" for 60 days. In turn, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov stated that the proposal does not correspond to the signed agreements, which provide for at least 120 days extension.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres handed over letters to Lavrov for Putin, which refer to further actions regarding the grain agreement.