Vladimir Putin told Western leaders that he was open to discussing the possibility of Ukrainian grain being exported from Black Sea ports. This is in response to fears about a global food crisis.
Moscow was accused of “weaponizing hunger”, and its invasion of neighboring countries sending fuel, grains, and cooking oils skyrocketing.
Due to the blockade of Russian ships, more than 20 million tonnes worth of grain are still sitting in silos in Ukrainian ports.
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The Kremlin stated that Russia was ready to assist in finding options for unhindered grain exports, including from Black Sea ports.
According to the Kremlin Mr Putin told the French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, that Russia was willing to increase its exports of fertilisers. This demand he made in talks with the Italian and Austrian leaders over the past days.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss accused Moscow of “weaponizing hunger” and rejected the idea for sanctions relief in return for grain corridors.
She stated that “What we can’t have is any lifting sanctions, any appeasement. This will only make Putin more powerful in the long-term.”
Russia, on the other side, blames the food crisis on Western sanctions.
According to the Kremlin Mr Putin said that Russia is willing to restart frozen negotiations with Ukraine.