MINSK, 20 September (BelTA) - Russia's proposal to give fertilizers to poor countries and countries in need for free remains unanswered, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a ceremony to accept credentials from foreign ambassadors in Moscow on 20 September, RIA Novosti reports.
"It is extremely cynical that our proposal to give 300,000 [tonnes] of Russian fertilizers blocked in European ports because of sanctions to countries in need for free, and I emphasize it - for free, remains unanswered. It is obvious they don't want to let our companies make money. But let us give them away to countries in need for free. No, there is no answer to that," Vladimir Putin said.
The head of state noted that the sanctions on the supply of energy, food and fertilizers from Russia to foreign markets have primarily affected developing and poorest countries.
Speaking at the SCO summit, Vladimir Putin said that Moscow was ready to give Russian fertilizers stuck in EU ports to developing countries for free, and that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has been informed about this.