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euractiv | EU steps up efforts to debunk Putin's food security propaganda, 2 June
"'Our sanctions don't affect the exports of food and fertilisers from Russia,' a senior EU official stressed, referring to issues raised by Macky Sall, President of Senegal and Chair of the African Union, in his address to EU leaders at their summit on Tuesday (31 May)."

S&P Global | EU's Russian ships insurance ban to distort commodities trade: sources, 2 June

The views from the shipping market follow a recent remark from Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, saying that there is a ban on insurance and reinsurance of Russian ships by EU companies. The remark raised concerns in the commodities markets amid a lack of clarity whether the ban would cover ships transporting Russian oil or other commodities. There is a built-in clause in all protection and indemnity, or P&I insurance agreements, that any voyage of a ship to a sanctioned location under UN, EU, UK and US laws will automatically make it ineligible for the cover, a maritime insurance executive said in Singapore.
Those ships which undertake voyages to and from Russia will not get any insurance cover of Western P&I clubs but can still manage to do trade based on national clubs and sovereign guarantee provided by countries willing to trade with it, a chartering executive with a global commodities trading company said. He pointed to the model of trade adopted with Iran when half a dozen countries including India, Japan and Taiwan were initially exempted from the Western sanctions against Iran. A similar approach is possible as several countries from Hungary to India are still willing to trade with Russia, he said.
Kremlin.ru | Meeting with Chairman of the African Union, President of Senegal Macky Sall, 3 June
Marty Sall (retranslated): ...
I thank you for  calling when we were able to speak at the very beginning of the crisis, and I thank you for hosting us here today - me not only as the President of Senegal, but also as the President of the African Union. With me today is also the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Indeed, Russia played a huge role in the independence of the African continent, which the African continent will never be able to forget, and it is in the name of this friendship that I am here as well.

We have high hopes for our cooperation, including bilateral cooperation between Russia and the African continent, but we are also here today to talk about the crisis and its consequences.
Sanctions against Russia have further exacerbated this situation, and now we do not have access to grains from Russia, especially wheat from Russia. And, most importantly, we do not have access to fertilizers, because the situation was already difficult, and now it is even more difficult, and this has consequences for food security in Africa.

Sputnik | Anti-Russia Sanctions Left Africa Without Access to Grain and Fertilisers, African Union Chief Says, 3 June
Ahead of Friday's visit, Sall's office indicated that the trip was "part of the efforts of the current chairmanship of the [African] Union to contribute to the lull in the war in Ukraine, and the release of stocks of grain and fertilizer whose blockage particularly affects African countries".
Sall also expressed concerns about Europe's move to bar Russian banks from the SWIFT global payment system.
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