Putin ready to facilitate unfettered grain exports from Ukraine's ports: Kremlin
LONDON: President Vladimir Putin said on Monday (May 30) that Russia was ready to facilitate the unhindered export of grain from Ukrainian ports in coordination with Turkey, according to a Kremlin readout of talks with President Tayyip Erdogan. Besides the death and devastation sown by
LONDON: President Vladimir Putin said on Monday (May 30) that Russia was ready to facilitate the unhindered export of grain from Ukrainian ports in coordination with Turkey, according to a Kremlin readout of talks with President Tayyip Erdogan.Olaf Scholz asked Mr Putin for an “immediate ceasefire and a withdrawal of Russian troops” as the assault on Ukraine’s Donbas region intensified.Copy to clipboard https://str.LinkedIn BELGRADE: Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Sunday (May 29) he had agreed a new three-year gas supply contract in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Besides the death and devastation sown by Russia's invasion of Ukraine , the war and the West's attempt to isolate Russia as punishment have sent the price of grain, cooking oil, fertiliser and energy soaring, hurting global growth.The United Nations, which says a global food crisis is deepening, is trying to broker a deal to unblock Ukraine's grain exports though Western leaders have blamed Russia for holding the world to ransom by blockading Ukrainian ports.The Russian president warned Mr Macron and Mr Scholz that western weapons deliveries to Ukraine were “dangerous”, according to the Kremlin."During the discussion of the situation in Ukraine, emphasis was placed on ensuring safe navigation in the Black and Azov seas and eliminating the mine threat in their waters," the Kremlin said of Putin's call with Erdogan.Answering a question from France's broadcaster TF1, Russia's top diplomat said:"I don't think that sane people can see in this person signs of some kind of illness or ailment."Vladimir Putin noted the readiness of the Russian side to facilitate the unhindered sea transit of goods in coordination with Turkish partners.The claimed success is believed to be key to the next phase of Moscow’s assault in the Donbas region.This also applies to the export of grain from Ukrainian ports."Putin said to call him if I feel there is anything more to be discussed," said Vucic, Putin's closest ally in Europe.
" Putin, according to the Kremlin, added that if sanctions were lifted, then Russia could"export significant volumes of fertilisers and agricultural products".Donbas will be Ukrainian."I leave it to the conscience of those who spread such rumours.It was not immediately clear which Ukrainian ports Putin was speaking of.Ukraine's main grain export ports include Chornomorsk, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Kherson and Yuzhny.A satellite image shows the damaged town of Lyman, Donetsk region (Reuters) They said in an intelligence update that the success was likely “a preliminary operation for the next stage of Russia’s Donbas offensive”.Erdogan told Putin that peace needed to be established as soon as possible and that Turkey was ready to take on a role in an"observation mechanism" between Moscow, Kyiv and the United Nations, if an agreement is reached.More On This Topic.He later told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that he"especially valued the project to create a secure sea route for exporting Ukrainian agricultural products", his office said, adding he welcomed, in principle, the idea of making Istanbul a headquarters for the"observation mechanism".“In the coming days, Russian units in the area are likely to prioritise forcing a crossing of the river,” the Ministry of Defence said, adding: “a bridgehead near Lyman would give Russia an advantage in the potential next phase of the Donbas offensive”.
Erdogan also repeated that Turkey was ready to support any peace efforts between Ukraine and Russia, the statement added.HARVEST RACE Ukraine is trying to export its grains by road, river and rail to help avert a global food crisis but will not hit its targets unless Russia's blockade, an official at Ukraine's Agriculture Ministry told Reuters last week.Story continues A woman from Siversk carries her belongings during an evacuation near Lyman (AP) Fighting also continued around Sievierodonestsk and nearby Lysychansk on Saturday.Before Russia sent troops into Ukraine, the country had the capacity to export up to 6 million tonnes of wheat, barley and maize a month but exports collapsed to just 300,000 tonnes in March and 1.1 million in April.Writing on Telegram, Mykhailo Podolyak said: “Any agreement with Russia isn’t worth a broken penny.Russia and Ukraine together account for 29 per cent of global wheat exports, mainly via the Black Sea, and for 80 per cent of global exports of sunflower oil.
Ukraine is also a major exporter of corn, barley and rapeseed oil, while Russia and Belarus - which has backed Moscow in the war and is also under sanctions - account for over 40 per cent of global exports of the crop nutrient potash.He added: “Russia has proved that it is a barbarian country that threatens world security.Russia has captured some of Ukraine's biggest seaports and its navy controls major transport routes in the Black Sea, where extensive mining has made commercial shipping dangerous.Sanctions have also made it hard for Russian exporters to access vessels to move commodities to global markets..Putin has said Russia will increase wheat exports in the new July-June season due to a potential record crop of 87 million tonnes.Source: Reuters/ec.” The last known face-to-face negotiations took place on 29 March.
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