MOSCOW Russian fertilizer producer, Acron (AKRN.MM), is asking Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the country's most influential politician, to block a merger between two potash producers, business daily Vedomosti wrote on Friday.
Acron has unsuccessfully challenged the deal between potash companies Silvinit SILV.MM and Uralkali URKAq.L in court.
A merger of Silvinit and Uralkali to create a Russian potash mining giant was engineered by billionaire tycoon Suleiman Kerimov, who bought controlling stakes in both companies alongside associates last summer.
Potash, a key ingredient in fertilizer, has emerged as a valuable commodity in a world struggling to feed a growing population while battling droughts and floods.
Vedomosti said Acron's president, Ivan Antonov, sent Putin a letter where it asks him to stop the deal. It also applied to the anti-monopoly watchdog in an attempt to block the merger.
(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)