UN chief discusses with Putin on Russian food and fertilizer exports

The UN chief Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday that he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone. Guterres also said that they discussed obstacles related to exports of Russian food and fertilizers.

In the telephone conversation, Guterres expressed concerns over the soaring prices of fertilizers in the global market since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. After the conversation, he said that a fertilizer market crunch could lead to food shortages anywhere later this year.

He said "To remove the obstacles that still exist in relation to the export of Russian fertilizers is absolutely essential at the present moment."

He reiterated that it is necessary to facilitate Russia's food and fertilizer shipments to avert a global food crisis.

The Kremlin said the two also discussed the situation around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Putin reportedly gave a positive assessment to the constructive cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency to ensure the plant's security.