UN "secret letter" and Erdogan's calls to meet the Kremlin's demands: who and how is starting to play into the hands of the Russian Federation

, 15:39, 09.09.2023
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In recent days, calls regarding the "need to meet Russia's demands" have reappeared on infospace. The other day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called to meet some of Russia's demands.

UN secret letter and Erdogans calls to meet the Kremlins demands: who and how is starting to play into the hands of the Russian Federation

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The other day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on several G20 leaders to meet some of Russia's demands to restore the "Grain Agreement", and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres could negotiate with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the possible easing of sanctions against the aggressor country.

Who is calling for negotiations with the Russian Federation again, and they are starting to play to the Kremlin's advantage?

Secret UN negotiations with Russia

The German publication BILD published material stating that UN Secretary General António Guterres is conducting negotiations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation regarding the possible easing of sanctions against Russia. As journalists reported, referring to the secret letter Guterres sent to the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, on August 28, some of the restrictions may be lifted from Russia in exchange for restoring the grain agreement. This is what the Kremlin demanded, organizing blackmail with the export of Ukrainian grain.

Ukraine's reaction to UN proposals regarding sanctions against the Russian Federation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that Ukraine's position remains unchanged - easing some of the sanctions against the Russian Federation in exchange for restoring the grain agreement will be a victory for Russian food blackmail.

They also stressed that the international community should work to restore Russia to its obligations, and not "strengthen its sense of impunity and encourage new aggression through concessions".

The UN denies secret negotiations with the Kremlin

The United Nations reacted to the materials of BILD journalists and stated that the publications about Guterres Lavrov's “secret letter” do not correspond to reality.

Thus, the deputy representative of the UN Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, said during the briefing that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' words were conveyed incorrectly and allegedly "it is not about lifting sanctions."

“The interpretation of the information contained in the Bild article is incorrect. We seem to be trying to find a way to circumvent sanctions. This is wrong," he explained.

Farkhan Haq emphasized that last year Antonio Guterres began to take action to ensure that products and fertilizers from Ukraine and Russia could reach world markets.

“I would also like to emphasize that this is not about lifting sanctions. "It is important to remember that Russian food and fertilizers are exempt from sanctions regimes," Haq said.

Erdogan offers G20 to meet Russian Federation demands for 'grain agreement'

Citing three Turkish officials, Bloomberg reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on several G20 leaders to meet some of Russia's demands to restore the “grains agreement.”

According to journalists, Erdogan is seeking to hold closed meetings with leaders during the G20 summit, which will be held on September 9-10 in New Delhi, India. Earlier, Erdogan failed to convince Russian president-dictator Vladimir Putin to restore the "grain agreement".

Ankara is to ask world leaders to facilitate the insurance of Russian food and fertilizer exports and to restore Moscow's connection to the SWIFT international payments system.

Putin made a new statement on the "grain agreement"

Putin's press secretary Dmytro Peskov said on September 9 that Russia was not satisfied with the proposed terms for extending the "grains agreement". Moscow demands the implementation of previously reached agreements.

Yes, Moscow wants SWIFT to be opened to "Rossilhospbank" and not to its subsidiary.

Arms treaty between the Russian Federation and North Korea

According to experts, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is ready to reach an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin on arms supplies.

This topic may become the main topic of the meeting of politicians in Vladivostok on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum. According to the media, Moscow may offer North Korea grain, oil, military technology and hard currency. In addition, the Russian Federation may transfer sensitive military technologies to the DPRK, which may increase the threat to its neighbors – South Korea and Japan.

“Cooperation between Russia and North Korea could go beyond conventional arms agreements and food/energy aid and possibly include advanced technologies in satellites, nuclear submarines and ballistic missiles,” experts say.

Ukrainian intelligence representative Andriy Yusov said that Vladimir Putin will ask him for missiles and ammunition for artillery systems during his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“Not all agreements have been negotiated. In most cases, what Russia asks for and what the Russian dictator and the Russian regime hopes for is not met even by those states, governments and regimes that support communication with a world outcast like the Russian Federation today. Therefore, they will ask for more than they will receive," Yusov said.

Zelensky announced what sanctions are needed against Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky emphasized that the global offensive of sanctions against Russia should intensify.

He emphasized that it is important to strengthen sanctions against the energy, financial and banking sectors of Russian terrorists. It is also necessary to block deliveries to Russia of any components and spare parts used to produce missiles and drones.


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