Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Friday mentioned there was “no drawback” to export grain from Ukraine, after Moscow’s operation in Ukraine raised fears of a worldwide meals disaster.
“There isn’t a drawback to export grain from Ukraine,” he mentioned in a televised interview, saying it may very well be executed through Ukrainian ports, through others beneath Russian management, and even through central Europe.
Putin accused the West of “bluster” by claiming Moscow was stopping grain exports from Ukraine.
The Russian chief talked about the potential for exporting through the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk on the Sea of Azov, which provides entry to the Black Sea. Each are beneath Russian management.
He additionally mentioned ports beneath Kyiv’s management, specifically, Odessa, may very well be used however known as for the waters across the Ukrainian-held ports to be “cleared” of mines by Ukraine.
Russia would in alternate enable the ships protected passage, Putin mentioned.
Different transport choices embody the Danube River through Romania, Hungary or Poland, he added.
“However the easiest, the simplest, the most affordable can be exports through Belarus, from there one can go to Baltic ports, then to the Baltic Sea after which wherever on this planet.”
However Putin mentioned any export through Belarus can be conditional on the “lifting of sanctions” by the West in opposition to Minsk, allied to Moscow.
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