The main issue is to help Ukraine become sovereign and independent again and return to world markets, stressed the German minister.
Ukraine cannot count on Russian leader Vladimir Putin to keep his word and secure safe passage for grain ships in the Black Sea. This was stated by German Minister of Agriculture Cem Ozdemir during a visit to Kyiv, written by the EP in connection with Euractiv on June 12.
Speaking after meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Mykola Solsky, Ozdemir said he shares Ukraine’s skepticism about Russia’s promises of safe passage for grain ships.
“Relying on Putin’s promises without credible and effective military guarantees would be credible for Ukraine,” he said.
The German minister visited Ukraine this week to discuss, among other things, safe food export routes.
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“While Putin is blocking the sea route, we need to use and strengthen all available alternatives: roads, railways and the Danube,” Ozdemir stressed, adding that Germany “will not back down” on this issue.
The minister promised new funds to finance the expansion of laboratory facilities in Izmail, located on the banks of a river near the Romanian border, to reduce ship turnaround times at the border.
However, any solution other than the opening of trade routes across the Black Sea is “the second or third best solution,” said Ozdemir, who stressed that even with the highest use, “rail, road or rivers will not solve this problem. “
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“The main issue is to help Ukraine become sovereign and independent again and return to world markets,” Ozdemir added.
Earlier it was reported that the UN is working on an agreement on grain corridors, which includes unblocking the export of Ukrainian grain by sea, as well as access to global markets for Russian food and fertilizers.
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