Russia President Vladimir Putin Says “No Problem” To Export Grain From Ukraine As Food Crisis Looms

Putin says 'no problem' to export grain from Ukraine as food crisis looms

Putin also accused the West of “blundering” by claiming that Moscow was blocking the export of grain from Ukraine.


Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday there was “no problem” exporting grain from Ukraine after Moscow’s operation in Ukraine raised fears of a global food crisis.

“There is no problem exporting grain from Ukraine,” he said in a televised interview, saying it could be done through Ukrainian ports, through others under Russian control, or even through central Europe.

Putin accused the West of “blundering” by claiming that Moscow was blocking grain exports from Ukraine.

The Russian leader mentioned the possibility of exporting through the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk on the Sea of ​​Azov, which gives access to the Black Sea. Both are under Russian control.

He also said ports controlled by Kiev, especially Odessa, could be used, but called for the waters around Ukrainian-controlled ports to be “cleared” by Ukraine.

Russia would in return give the ships safe passage, Putin said.

Other transportation options include the Danube River through Romania, Hungary or Poland, he added.

“But the simplest, the easiest, the cheapest would be export through Belarus. From there one can go to the Baltic ports, then to the Baltic Sea and then anywhere in the world.”

But Putin said any exports through Belarus would depend on the West’s “lifting of sanctions” against Moscow-affiliated Minsk.

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