International sanctions against Russia imposed over its full-scale invasion of Ukraine will not be lifted, UN Secretary General's spokesperson Farhan Haq said at a press briefing on Sept. 8.
Denying recent media reports that the UN offered to lift sanctions from Russia in exchange for Moscow returning to the Black Sea Grain Initiative (BSGI), Haq emphasized that if this were the case, then Russia would have already “reacted positively.”
“This isn’t about lifting sanctions,” German newspaper Bild quotes Haq.
“It’s important to remember Russian food & fertilizers are exempt from sanctions…; if that were the case honestly, you’d probably expect that there’ll be a positive statement coming out of Russia’s Foreign Ministry.”
Earlier on Sept. 8, Bild reported that UN Secretary-General António Guterres wrote a letter to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, stating readiness to lift some sanctions against Moscow in exchange for its return to the Black Sea grain deal, which the Kremlin unilaterally abandoned on July 17.
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