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26 Apr 2023


US allegedly allowed JPMorgan to process payments for exported Russian grain, according to AFP source

JPMorgan okayed by US to process grain payments to Russia, 26 April 2023

US authorities have allowed JPMorgan Chase to execute payments to Russian agriculture bank Rosselkhozbank to remove obstacles to Russian grain exports, a person familiar with the situation told AFP Wednesday.

Officials with the US State and Treasury departments sought to enlist the bank ahead of the first harvests in order to facilitate deliveries to countries that need the food, according to this person.

The payments are limited and follow a very strict process, with JPMorgan determining the exact counterparties in the transactions.

The bank was assured that it would not be punished for violating sanctions on Russia.

JPMorgan declined comment...

Russia has demanded that it be restored to the Swift international banking system as a condition of extending the so-called Black Sea Grain Initiative, which is set to expire May 18.

Under the initiative, designed to alleviate a global food crisis, the UN agreed to help remove obstacles to Russia's grain and fertilizer exports and permit Ukrainian grain to reach world markets...