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– The following are the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis:

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The United Nations welcomes the first shipment of Russian-made fertilizer stranded in European ports and warehouses, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday.

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The first shipment of 20,000 tons of fertilizer left the Netherlands on a World Food Program-chartered ship, MV Greenwich, on Tuesday, bound for Malawi via Mozambique, said Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

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It will be the first in a series of fertilizer shipments destined for other countries on the African continent in the coming months, Dujarric said in a statement.

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The Russian government on Tuesday approved a list of dual-use items whose export is prohibited to “hostile countries.”

The list contains more than 150 items, including carrier rockets, Mi-2, Mi-8, Mi-17, Mi-26 helicopters, rifled weapons, explosives, drones, trucks, armored all-terrain vehicles, body armor, and night vision. devices.

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Russia does not hold dialogues with the United States on the situation in Ukraine because they have “radically different” positions, but the two countries periodically “exchange signals” about how they perceive each other’s certain actions by Moscow and Washington, the Russian deputy foreign minister said. Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Tuesday.

The US line of deeper involvement in the Russia-Ukraine conflict is fraught with grave consequences, he said.

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Talks between Russia and Ukraine could start if kyiv shows political will and willingness to discuss Moscow’s demands, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

It is not possible to negotiate now because the Ukrainian side rejects the talks and therefore the Russian special military operation continues, he said.

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If NATO supplies Ukraine with Patriot air defense missiles along with personnel, they will immediately become a legitimate target of the Russian armed forces, Russian Security Council Vice President Dmitry Medvedev wrote on Telegram on Tuesday. ■

(Xinhua)

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