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UN Proposals Include Assessment of Damage to Russian Ammonia Pipeline: Impact on Grain Deal

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Ankara, September 3 – UN Proposals and Russian Ammonia Pipeline Damage

The Sunday Sabah newspaper has reported that the United Nations (UN) has proposed a new “grain deal” which includes an assessment of the damage to the pipeline that carries Russian ammonia to markets. The Togliatti-Odessa ammonia pipeline, built in the late 1970s, is responsible for pumping around 2.5 million tons of raw materials annually. The Russian Ministry of Defense claims that a Ukrainian sabotage group previously exploded the pipeline in the Kharkiv region, resulting in casualties among civilians. The Ministry described the incident as a terrorist act. As part of the grain deal, Russia has demanded the reopening of the ammonia pipeline. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova suggested that Western countries, who consider the Black Sea grain initiative important, should intervene and restore the pipeline on Ukrainian territory to meet Russian conditions.

The newspaper emphasized the need to assess the damage to pipelines affected by conflict in order to facilitate the supply of Russian ammonia to markets.

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On August 31, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sent a letter to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a proposal to resume the grain deal. The proposal aims to summarize previous unsuccessful UN initiatives. However, the UN has not received an official response from the Russian side regarding the letter. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov stated that Russia will only return to the grain agreement once all the points in the memorandum between Russia and the UN are fulfilled. He expressed concerns that the new UN proposals lack guarantees. Lavrov also mentioned that Guterres discussed these new initiatives during the BRICS summit in Johannesburg at the end of August.

The grain deal has been stalled since July 18. On that day, Russia informed Turkey, Ukraine, and the UN of its objection to extending the agreement. President Vladimir Putin stated that the terms of the agreement were not met, as Western countries failed to keep their promises. Putin repeatedly highlighted that the main objective of the deal, supplying grain to countries in need, including African nations, was never achieved. Consequently, after the Black Sea Grain Initiative ceased and the sea humanitarian corridor closed, any ships heading to Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea waters would be considered potential carriers of military cargo. The Ministry of Defense in the Russian Federation announced that these ships would be viewed as participants in the Ukrainian conflict on the side of the Kiev regime.

Russia initiated a military operation in Ukraine on February 24, 2022. President Putin described the operation as necessary to protect people from the alleged mistreatment and genocide inflicted by the Kiev regime over the past eight years. Putin explained that the operation was a last resort due to security risks and the lack of response from NATO. He claimed that Russia had attempted for 30 years to negotiate security principles with NATO, but faced deception, lies, pressure, and blackmail. Meanwhile, NATO continued its expansion towards the borders of the Russian Federation, despite Moscow’s protests.

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