Facts about Russia-Ukraine conflict: UN welcomes first shipment of Russian-made fertilizer to Africa

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KIEV/MOSCOW, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The following are the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis:

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

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

It will be the first of a series of shipments of fertilizer destined for a number of 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 goods that are prohibited from being exported to "unfriendly 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 cross-country vehicles, body armor and night-vision devices.

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Russia does not conduct a dialogue with the United States on the Ukrainian situation as they have "radically different" positions, but the two countries periodically "exchange signals" about how certain actions of Moscow and Washington are perceived by each other, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Tuesday.

The U.S. line of deeper involvement in the Russia-Ukraine conflict is fraught with serious consequences, he said.

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Talks between Russia and Ukraine could begin if Kiev shows political will and readiness to discuss Moscow's demands, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

No negotiations are possible now because the Ukrainian side rejects talks, and therefore the Russian special military operation continues, he said.

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

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