The Kremlin stated Russian President Vladimir Putin advised the leaders of France and Germany on Saturday that Moscow was keen to debate methods to make it potential for Ukraine to renew shipments of grain from Black Sea ports. Putin spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz over the cellphone.
The Kremlin chief additionally warned Macron and Scholz towards ramping up arms provides to Ukraine, saying they might additional destabilise the state of affairs within the pro-Western nation, information company AFP reported.
“For its half, Russia is able to assist discover choices for the unhindered export of grain, together with the export of Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports,” information company Reuters quoted the Kremlin as saying.
Russia and Ukraine account for practically a 3rd of the world’s wheat provides, whereas Moscow can be a key international fertilizer exporter and Kyiv is a significant exporter of corn and sunflower oil.
Putin stated the difficulties in supplying grain to world markets had been the results of the “inaccurate financial and monetary insurance policies of Western international locations”.
“A rise within the provide of Russian fertilisers and agricultural merchandise may also assist scale back tensions on the worldwide meals market, which, in fact, would require the removing of the related sanctions,” Putin advised Macron and Scholz, the Kremlin stated.
The Kremlin stated Putin additionally advised each leaders that Russia was prepared to extend its export of fertilizers and agricultural merchandise if sanctions towards it had been lifted.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Western sanctions on Moscow have disrupted provides of fertilizer, wheat and different commodities from the 2 international locations, fuelling considerations concerning the threat of starvation all over the world.
Ukraine and Western international locations have accused Russia of weaponising the meals disaster created by its invasion of Ukraine, which has despatched the costs of grains, cooking oils, gas and fertilizer hovering.
Russia has blamed the state of affairs on Western sanctions towards it, and on the mining of Ukrainian ports.
The Kremlin stated Putin additionally stated Russia was keen to renew talks with Ukraine.
“Particular consideration was paid to the standing of the negotiations which are frozen due to Kyiv. President Vladimir Putin confirmed the Russian facet’s openness to renew dialogue,” it stated.
On account of the battle in Ukraine and excessive inflation, on Might 14, India, the world’s second-biggest producer of cereal, introduced a ban on wheat exports. India’s wheat exports stood at an all-time excessive of seven million tonnes, valuing USD 2.05 billion, in 2021-22 on higher demand for Indian wheat from abroad.