Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a phone call to French and German leaders on Saturday that Russia was ready to discuss a solution that would allow the resumption of grain exports from Ukrainian ports.
Russia, one of the world’s leading fertilizer exporters, and Ukraine, a major exporter of corn and sunflower oil, account for almost a third of the world’s wheat supply. “For its part, Russia is ready to explore options for the unrestricted export of grain, including the export of Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports,” the Kremlin wrote.
According to the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin said Russia was ready to increase exports of fertilizers and agricultural products if sanctions against French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholes were lifted.
The Russian president recently presented a similar plan to Italian and Austrian leaders. Ukraine and Western nations accuse Russia of contributing to the risk of a food crisis by invading its neighbors, raising the prices of grain, cooking oil, fuel and fertilizer. Russia, for its part, believes the current situation is the result of Western sanctions against it.
France and Germany demand the lifting of the siege of Odessa
In a statement issued after the meeting between Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholes and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Paris and Berlin said they were “considering the Russian president’s promise to allow ships to export grain to the port, which would have been militarily exploited by Russia if it had been destroyed earlier.”
Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholes have reaffirmed their commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and reaffirmed that any solution to the war between Moscow and Q is needed.
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday that the city of Lyman in eastern Ukraine was now under the full control of Russian forces and pro-Russian separatists, a day after the capture of another city, Ukraine, Siverodonetsk. Paris and Berlin have also demanded the release of 2,500 guards at the Azovstall metallurgical plant in Mariupol, which was captured by Russian forces as prisoners of war.
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