Demining of the Ukrainian port of the Black Sea can take at least a couple of months, requiring the involvement of the Romanian and Turkish navy, Sergei Ivashchenko, director of the Ukrainian Grain Merchant Union (UGA), said Wednesday. I told Reuters.
Turkey, which is negotiating with Russia to secure a safe route for grain exports from the blocked Ukrainian ports, is not strong enough to act as a guarantor, Ivashchenko said. He also said that there is currently no discussion of discounts on Ukrainian grain exported from the Black Sea.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in Turkey on Wednesday that it was Ukraine’s duty to resolve the resumption of grain transport by demining the port. Lavrov also said he was grateful for Turkey’s efforts to find a way to solve the situation. Turkish and Russian Foreign Ministers met in Ankara on Wednesday to discuss the recovery of grain exports from Ukraine.
Ukraine accuses Russia of seizing the grain market
Ukrainian officials have accused Russia of “artificially creating obstacles” to control the Ukrainian grain market, according to CNN reports. “Our position on grain supply is clear. Security comes first.” Oleksiy Danilov, secretary-general of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council, said in a Twitter post Wednesday.
“Russia has artificially created a barrier to threatening and driving Europe into food shortages.” Oleksiy Danilov has been added.
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