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NEW YORK, June 22 (Reuters) – Countries should ask US for help if they have problems importing Russian food and fertilizer, a senior US official said on Wednesday, stressing that such goods are not subject to US sanctions on Moscow Were war in war. Ukraine.

“Nothing stops Russia from exporting grain or fertilizer except for its own policies and actions,” US State Department Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Assistant Secretary Ramin Toloui told reporters.

But he added that concerns about “so-called compliance with sanctions have been raised.” Washington has hit Moscow with a wide range of sanctions since Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine on February 24.

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The facilitation of Russian food and grain exports is a key component of the UN efforts. and Turkish officials to break a package deal with Moscow that would also allow shipments of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea port of Odesa.

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“We fully support this and want to see it happen,” Toloui said of the UN efforts. “We will continue to work closely with the UN Delegation and the Ukrainian Government on ways to reduce the impact of global food security on (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s war in Ukraine.”

Russia’s war has hit a global food crisis. Russia and Ukraine account for almost a third of the global wheat supply, while Russia is also a key fertilizer exporter and Ukraine is an exporter of corn and sunflower oil.

Moscow denies responsibility for food crisis, blames Western sanctions on Ukraine for its Black Sea ports.

“The US does not want there to be barriers to the ability of countries, companies to buy Russian food, Russian fertilizers, and for these goods access to international markets,” Toloui said.

He urged countries to contact the US Treasury Department or local US embassies if they have any problems.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will attend a food security meeting in Germany on Friday, ahead of the three-day Group of Seven (G7) Nations summit, also in Germany, on Sunday.

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