Russia must withdraw its naval forces to export grain from Ukraine, Nikolenko said. The Kremlin emphasized that Moscow does not prevent the passage of ships, and the ships cannot leave the ports, because they were mined by Ukrainian forces
Ukraine demands from Russia security guarantees for ships and ports involved in the export of grain, said Oleg Nikolenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. He wrote about this on Facebook (the owner of the social network, the Meta company, was recognized as extremist and banned in Russia).
Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the Russian Navy would ensure the passage of ships with grain if Ukraine clears coastal waters.
“As a first step, Russia should withdraw its forces in the sea area around Ukraine and provide security guarantees not to attack ports and commercial convoys,”— written by Nikolenko.
As of early May, 4.5 million tons of grain had accumulated in Ukrainian ports, the UN reported. The organization called on Russia to unblock harbors and ensure the free passage of ships. The Kremlin, in turn, said that Russia is not obstructing the export of grain. According to the press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, ships cannot leave the ports through no fault of Russia, but because the Ukrainian military has mined their ports. The Russian Foreign Ministry also called the lifting of sanctions a condition for opening harbors.
Turkey offered its assistance in resolving the issue of grain supplies from Ukraine. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, she is ready to help clear Ukrainian ports of mines. In addition, Ankara advocated the creation of an international quadripartite contact group with the participation of the UN, Turkey, Russia and Ukraine.
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