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Russia ready to export grain ‘unhindered’ from Ukrainian ports: Kremlin


The Kremlin said on Monday (May 30) it had indicated Russia was ready to ensure an “unimpeded” supply of food grains from Ukrainian ports. The Kremlin quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin during his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

One of the effects of the conflict in Ukraine on the world is the food crisis. Ukraine exports food grains. But the export was interrupted due to the Russian invasion. The conflict has led to soaring grain, cooking oil, fertilizer and energy prices, which have hurt global growth.

The United Nations, which says a worsening global food crisis, is trying to broker a deal to unblock Ukraine’s grain exports, despite Western leaders accusing Russia of holding the world hostage by blocking Ukrainian ports.

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“When discussing the situation in Ukraine, the focus was on ensuring safe navigation in the Black and Azov seas and eliminating the threat of mines in their waters,” the Kremlin told About Putin’s call with Erdogan.

“Vladimir Putin noted the readiness of the Russian side to facilitate unhindered maritime transit of goods in coordination with Turkish partners. This also applies to the export of grain from Ukrainian ports.”

Putin, according to the Kremlin, added that if the sanctions were lifted, Russia could “export significant volumes of fertilizers and agricultural products”.

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It was unclear which Ukrainian ports Putin was referring to. Ukraine’s grain exports come mainly from Chornomorsk, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Kherson and Yuzhny.

During his conversation with Vladimir Putin, Erdogan said that Turkey was ready to play a role in an “observation mechanism” between Moscow, Kyiv and the United Nations, if an agreement is reached.

He then told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that he “especially appreciates the project to create a secure sea route for the export of Ukrainian agricultural products”, his office said, adding that it welcomes, in principle, the idea of ​​making Istanbul the seat of the “observing mechanism”. “.

(With agency contributions)

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