The Russian Federation deliberately blocked 175 vessels of Ukrainian exports - Zelensky - UNIAN

The Russian Federation deliberately blocked 175 vessels of Ukrainian exports – Zelensky – UNIAN

Ukraine works every day to protect the grain export initiative.

Grain export / photo UNIAN, Oleg Kutskyi

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy states that 175 vessels have already been blocked due to Russia’s deliberate inhibition of Ukrainian food exports.

The head of state said this in an evening address to Ukrainians.

“We work every day to protect our grain export initiative. It is clear that Russia intends to exacerbate the global food crisis again, to bring back the threat of large-scale famine. And this, in particular, is the responsibility of all our partners – to guarantee food security and end this dirty Russian game with hunger,” Zelensky said.

“Today, due to the deliberate Russian inhibition of our food exports, the number of ships waiting for the opportunity to fulfill contractual obligations is already 175. And this is not just some trade problem. This is the deterioration of access to food for millions of people and the threat of an even greater increase in food prices basic products on different continents – in Africa, Asia, and Europe. If Russia succeeds in the negative scenario, it will end in a new large-scale migration crisis,” the president said.

Grain corridor for export: details

As UNIAN reported, an agreement was signed on July 22 in Istanbul (Turkey) to unblock Ukrainian ports “Odesa”, “Chornomorsk” and “Pivdenny” for the export of grain and other agricultural products. The agreement provides for 120 days for the export of Ukrainian grain with the possibility of extending the validity period.

The first ship with Ukrainian food since the beginning of the full-scale Russian war in Ukraine left Odesa on August 1.

On October 16, in Istanbul, the Ukrainian and Turkish sides discussed the implementation of the “grain initiative” and its continuation after November 22, 2022.

On October 24, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine reported that due to Russia’s delay in the inspection of ships in the Bosphorus, Ukrainian ports are operating at 25-30% of their capacity.

Zelensky considers Russian attempts to slow the export of Ukrainian grain to Asia and Africa to be shameful.

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