March 23 - BLiTZ. It is impossible to remove or weaken anti-Russian sanctions in the banking sector for the sake of grain supplies, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said on the sidelines of the EU summit in Brussels.
Russia already has the ability to export fertilizers and grain from its ports, this has nothing to do with restrictions on banks, Kallas said. She also added that there are no obstacles to food supplies from the Russian Federation: the country uses 18 ports, and sanctions have been imposed on only 13 out of 300 financial institutions.
Earlier, Russia stated that the grain deal would be extended on May 18, 2023 only if a number of conditions are met, including the reconnection of Rosselkhozbank to the SWIFT system, the resumption of supplies of agricultural equipment and the unblocking of assets of companies that work in the production and sale of agricultural products.
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