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AMSTERDAM, November 11 (Reuters) – The Dutch government announced on Friday that it would release a shipment of 20,000 tons of Russian fertilizer blocked in the port of Rotterdam due to sanctions, following a request from the United Nations.
The cargo is to be sent to Malawi via the World Food Programme, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
AAlthough grains and fertilizers do not fall under European Union sanctions, “the fertilizer in question has been frozen because a sanctioned individual is involved with the Russian company that owns it,” the statement said.
The Dutch Foreign Ministry declined to identify the Russian company or sanctioned person involved.
The UN first requested that the cargo be released at the end of October.
“The decision to release the fertilizer was taken on the understanding that the UN would ensure that it was delivered to the agreed location, Malawi, and that the Russian company and the sanctioned individual would get nothing out of the transaction. “, the statement from the ministry said.
On November 1, Russian news TASS reported that the Russian fertilizer producer Uralchem-Uralkali is ready to donate 240,000 tonnes of fertilizer blocked in EU warehouses for humanitarian reasons, with a first shipment destined for Malawi.
(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Toby Chopra)
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