The Belgian Foreign Ministry welcomes the extension of the grain deal. Brussels claims to be facilitating the export of fertilizers owned by Russian companies.
“In the context of the shortage, Belgium is working closely with the UN and the World Food Program to facilitate the transportation of fertilizer components owned by Russian companies that are located in Belgian ports to third countries,” the statement reads. message website of the Belgian Foreign Ministry.
Brussels rejected Russia's accusations against European countries of blocking supplies and noted that the EU did not impose sanctions on the export of fertilizers. The Belgian Foreign Ministry believes that the cause of the global food crisis is "Russian aggression against Ukraine." Moscow has repeatedly denied such accusations.
The grain deal was signed in July 2022. It involves the export of Ukrainian grain and Black Sea ports and the removal of obstacles to the export of Russian food and fertilizers. Moscow has repeatedly criticized the implementation of the deal. Russia claims that Ukrainian grain is not being exported to the poorest countries, as promised, and that obstacles to Russian exports remain. Today, March 18, parties declared on the extension of the deal.