The UN proposes to lift a number of sanctions from the Russian Federation and makes this a key issue, not the renewal of the “grain agreement” as such.
Podolyak: Guterres’ position encourages Russia to continue the war / collage UNIAN, photo UNIAN
Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the President’s Office, is outraged by the position of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that Russia and Ukraine are equally interested in continuing the war.
“This position absolutely encourages Russia to continue the war, to maximize the war, to increase the scale of the war and attacks on the civilian population,” he said on the air. telethon.
Podolyak explained that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres sent Russia a draft of the so-called conditions for the restoration of the “grain agreement”, which is obviously beneficial to the Russian Federation.
According to him, the UN proposes to lift a number of sanctions against the Russian Federation and makes this a key issue, not the renewal of the “grain agreement” as such.
“For us, this means that Russia will receive a clear mechanism for lifting sanctions and entering the negotiation process. For Russia, this means an increase in the number and intensity of attacks on civilian infrastructure and citizens of Ukraine,” Podolyak said.
In addition, Podolyak is shocked by Guterres’ words that both sides, Russia and Ukraine, want the war to continue.
“That is, the head of the UN says that you and I are interested in the continuation of the war. And this is not so… That is, he tells us that this war will go on exactly as long as you do not capitulate,” the adviser said.
“Grain Agreement” for Putin’s agreement
Recently, it became known that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is negotiating with the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, about the large-scale lifting of sanctions against Russia in exchange for the resumption of the grain agreement.
Journalists write that, in particular, the UN wants to succumb to Putin’s blackmail. Yes, the organization plans to renew the agreement, but not to help Ukraine, but due to the fact that almost 3% of the suspended grain export went to the needs of the UN World Food Program.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Ukraine does not support the relaxation of any sanctions against the Russian Federation in exchange for the restoration of the operation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative. Ukrainian diplomats emphasized that Russia had no reason to withdraw from the grain initiative, and this agreement should be restored.
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