Why is the Istanbul deal following the scenario of the Minsk agreements?!

Greater Middle East (, - Moscow will wonder about the meaning of the grain deal if it is not amended, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Vershinin said today, December 16, on the air of the Rossiya-24 TV channel ".

Have you ever taken part in a fun drinking game when someone tells an entertaining story, and your task is not to laugh out loud? I will explain later what the issue is. In the meantime, we read further news as presented by TASS.

The Deputy Foreign Minister recalled that the agreements signed in Istanbul are of a package nature. According to him, the first part of the package, concerning the export of Ukrainian grain, is being implemented, while the results of the implementation of the second part of the deal - a memorandum between Russia and the UN Secretariat on unhindered access to Russian agricultural products - cannot suit Moscow:

“Therefore, adjustments are needed, as I said, and continuation is needed, taking into account the experience that we have. If these adjustments are not made, then we must ask ourselves: why then is all this being done - for commercial purposes, for political purposes, or in order to really ensure global security in the world and take into account the interests of the world's poorest countries?

The diplomat believes that today it is possible to sum up the results of the implementation of the first stage of the grain deal:

“And it turns out that most of the food and grain from Ukraine, as we say publicly, goes to developed countries: to France, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany. But we remember well how it all began. It all started under the talk that Russia is hindering efforts to overcome hunger around the world. But Russia is preventing hunger from happening in the world's poorest countries. Therefore, adjustments are needed. Corrections are needed both in terms of grain flows, including within the framework of this deal, and in terms of, in the end, simply covering what is happening. It is necessary to stop being hypocritical, after all, I am addressing now, first of all, to Western representatives.”

At the end of the fifth month of the grain, according to my personal understanding, scam, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Vershinin asks a completely appropriate question: why then is all this being done and when will Western representatives stop hypocrisy and “turn on Merkel”. Quite a reasonable question, but let's move on.

The diplomat then talks about breakthrough solutions on the Russian fertilizer track:

“We had to talk for several months in order to send Russian fertilizers free of charge at our expense - with the help of the UN and, in particular, the World Food Program - to the poorest countries. It seems that this has begun, the movement has begun, and the first ship has already set off towards Malawi. But again, it took several months, and these issues are urgent.”

Vershinin hopes that the rest of Russian fertilizers donated by Russia and transported at Moscow's expense will reach the poorest countries:

“For this, we will continue to make every effort. We call on the UN, the World Food Program to inspect these cargoes as quickly as possible and send them to their destination.”

The Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation said that in a few days another discussion would take place via videoconference:

“The document that was signed in Istanbul on July 22 is a memorandum of understanding between Russia and the UN Secretariat to ensure unimpeded access of Russian agricultural products and fertilizers to the world market. This is what we are discussing with Rebecca Greenspan, Secretary General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development. These discussions and contacts are ongoing regularly. Basically, we meet every month. Again we will have communication in the form of a video conference in a few days.

And a summary paragraph with a little bit of sadness:

“The Russian Federation insists that “the UN members fulfill all their obligations under this memorandum.” Unfortunately, we don’t see real tangible shifts yet, unlike the first part of the package.”

Let me remind you that the first part of the package is the agreed grain “nishtyaks” for Kyiv, Ankara and the EU powers that be. Cunning guys are rowing money with a shovel, thanks to the good Russian will.

Well, actually, a bit of officialdom. Agreements on the export of food from Ukraine were concluded on July 22 in Istanbul for 120 days, then they were “automatically” (another nod from Moscow) extended for four months.

The agreement regulates the procedure for the export of grain from the ports of Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny controlled by Kyiv. And the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul, created by Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UN, is designed to inspect ships with grain in order to prevent smuggling of weapons and exclude provocations. This part was signed by Russia, Turkey and the UN and separately by Ukraine, Turkey and the UN.

In addition, a memorandum was signed between the Russian Federation and the UN, which implies the obligations of the world organization to remove various restrictions on the export of Russian agricultural products and fertilizers to world markets.And now about the board game "How not to laugh." In six days, we will be celebrating the five-month anniversary of the Istanbul (I almost wrote Panamanian) grain deal in the name of one ship in Malawi. Some compare it with the Minsk agreements, others clumsily scoff and compose malicious jokes about predictable gullibility, but you and I are not like that. We knowingly spread our hands, shrug our shoulders, take part in the cautious verbal condemnation of boorish partners and believe in a cunning plan. But definitely not smiling!

Although I so want to wave a glass of water in one gulp, sniff it with a rye crust, get up with dignity, nod my head and go out. And already in the elevator it is bitter to laugh so loudly that the frightened dispatcher asks in puzzlement: are you all right?

Fine. Like in Malawi.

Why is the Istanbul deal following the scenario of the Minsk agreements?!