This is how he answered the question regarding the prospects for expanding the Black Sea initiative.

"In general, all the problems associated with the introduction of anti-Russian sanctions with bank payments, transport logistics, insurance, "frozen" assets, etc., remain and are aggravated," Vershinin said.

Earlier, Russia's permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, noted that the Russian part of the grain deal is not actually being implemented, the West hypocritically declares that there is no permission to export food and fertilizers.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said that the grain deal will have to look for alternatives if the Russian Agricultural Bank is not connected to SWIFT.

The Chinese authorities hope that the grain deal will be implemented in full.