According to State Department spokesman Ned Price, Washington is interested in solving the problem with grain exports from Ukraine, but does not set specific deadlines for reaching an agreement
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
The United States will follow behind the trip of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Turkey, but it is doubtful that this visit alone will help resolve the issue of grain exports from Ukraine. This was stated by US State Department spokesman Ned Price, broadcast by Reuters.
The Turkish Anadolu agency previously reported that Russia, Ukraine and Turkey, with the assistance of the UN, have developed a “road map” that will allow about 20 million tons of grain and sunflower seeds to be exported from the republic and put on the international market. Lavrov will arrive in Turkey on June 7.
“I don’t know if we should have waited for a breakthrough. Of course, we are closely following [Lavrov's] visit and will hold consultations with our Turkish partners after it is over. But one meeting will not solve this issue, — Price stated.
At the same time, according to him, Washington continues to work with the UN, the European Union and Turkey in order to ensure the export of grain from Ukraine, but does not set specific deadlines for reaching an agreement.
Due to military operations in Ukraine, which, like Russia, is one of the largest suppliers of grain to world markets, it has accumulated in large quantities in the Black Sea ports. In early May, the UN estimated the volume of blocked grain at 4.5 million tons. Later, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that about 20 million tons of grain remained unused on Ukrainian territory.
The UN believes that the blockade of Ukrainian ports by Russian forces prevents the export of grain. The US argued that such actions exacerbate the global food crisis. Against this background, UN Secretary General António Guterres proposed to ease restrictions on the export of Russian and Belarusian potash fertilizers in exchange for the passage of ships with grain.
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Moscow has repeatedly stated that “illegal actions” led to the blockade of grain supplies ; West, and the waters of Ukrainian ports are mined by the Ukrainian military and the passage of ships through them is dangerous. President Vladimir Putin said earlier that Russia is ready to contribute to overcoming the food crisis if politically motivated sanctions are lifted from it.
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