The head of the constitutional committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, Andrey Klishas, spoke in favor of paying in rubles for supplies of both grain and fertilizers. On Sunday, May 29, he wrote in his Telegram channel.
“Supplies of grain, fertilizers are all for rubles,” he commented on the message that the Ministry of Agriculture allows in the future to switch to payment in rubles for grain supplies.
Earlier, on May 27, Rosselkhozbank named seven promising countries in terms of increasing grain exports. The list includes Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Benin and Niger.
The day before, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia remains the largest exporter of wheat in the world.
Prior to this, on May 19, Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko pointed out that the solution to the food crisis in the world requires the lifting of anti-Russian sanctions that hinder free trade in food products, including wheat and fertilizers.
On May 17, Arte TV channel reported that the price of wheat in the European market broke a record, reaching €435. The reasons for the increase in the cost of grain, the authors of the publication called the consequences of anti-Russian sanctions, as well as abnormal heat in India, the second largest producer of wheat.
Prior to that, on May 16, The Wall Street Journal reported that UN Secretary-General António Guterres was in talks with Russia, Turkey and other countries to open potash exports to prevent a global food crisis.
On May 15, in a final statement, the G7 countries accused the Russian side of allegedly hindering Ukraine’s agricultural exports. The G7 shifted the responsibility for rising prices in the world food markets to the Russian Federation. Moscow does not agree with all such accusations.
On May 23, Peskov called the sanctions against the Russian Federation the cause of the food crisis in the world. He stressed that Russia has always been a reliable grain exporter. In addition, the Russian side does not prevent the Ukrainian side from exporting grain to Poland by rail.
On May 18, the head of the UN World Food Program, David Beasley, appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request to open seaports in Ukraine for the export of grain. In response, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Russia would open access to the ports after the lifting of sanctions against Russia.