US will help Ukraine build temporary-use granaries for grain exporting – Biden

15 June, 12:17 PM
Joe Biden (Photo:REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

Joe Biden (Photo:REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

The United States will assist Ukraine in resolving the logistics crisis brought on by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which has led to severe interruptions in the export of Ukrainian grain, U.S. President Joe Biden said on June 14.

The United States pledges to help build temporary-use granaries on the Ukraine-Poland border to make the logistical route more sustainable, help get out a substantial amount of grain out of the country and stop further growth of food prices, Biden said at a union convention in Philadelphia in the United States.

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The problems with Ukraine's food exports have been caused by the Russian Black Sea Fleet de facto blocking the work of Ukrainian sea ports. The ports used are a key link in the supply chain to the global food markets.

 “We will be building granaries, temporary storages on Ukraine’s borders, including the border with Poland, so we can load the grain from (Ukrainian carriages) to these storages, and then to European carriages to take it further to the ocean and then to deliver it across the world” – Biden said during his speech in front of the American Labor Federation and Congress of Industrial Organizations.

 “We are working on a plan on (grain) deliveries to other countries by railroad,” he said.

Earlier, the United Nations made a statement condemning Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, which it said had blocked the export of as much as 25 million tons of grain.

At the end of May, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russian invaders had stolen at least half-a-million tons of grain, and were looking for ways to sell it.

The food crisis induced by Russian aggression create risks for famine in Africa, Asia and some European countries.

Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports, theft of grain, and destruction of food and transport infrastructure appear to be a deliberate attempt to provoke a food crisis in Ukraine and globally.

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