Issue of grain exports from Ukrainian ports ‘must be resolved within weeks’, says Truss

22 June, 02:59 PM
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (Photo:REUTERS/John Sibley)

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (Photo:REUTERS/John Sibley)

Only a few weeks remain to find a solution to the problem of exporting grain from Ukrainian ports, with talks on the issue to be held in Turkey on June 22, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on June 21.

Truss, who said she would take part in these talks, also said that the UK government would impose additional sanctions against Russia, and would keep them in place until Russian troops completely withdraw from Ukrainian territory.

“We are determined to provide Ukraine with more weapons, impose more sanctions and support Ukraine in pushing out Russian troops,” Truss said.

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Earlier this month it was reported that a meeting between Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the United Nations could be held in Istanbul next week to discuss a plan to export Ukrainian grain from Odesa.

Russia is blocking Ukrainian ports and sea routes in the Black Sea in order to stop the export of grain from Ukraine. The Kremlin is also attempting to prevent its export via rail by launching missile attacks on Ukrainian grain elevators and railway infrastructure.

Russia’s goal appears to be to artificially create a global food crisis, creating more migrant flows towards Europe and destabilizing the political, social and economic situation on the continent.

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