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Moscow claims it sees ‘true’ plans behind Ukrainian grain coalition

The actual goal of such a mission can be to meddle within the Black Sea area, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov says

The proposal to place collectively a world naval coalition to escort ships with Ukrainian grain by way of the Black Sea is, in actuality, one which pursues a very totally different purpose, Russia’s international minister Sergey Lavrov has stated.

“The attempts to organize some kind of international coalition for the implementation of these procedures are aimed solely at interfering in the Black Sea region under the auspices of the UN. And we see this quite clearly,” Lavrov identified, following talks with Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Tehran on Thursday.

The concept of sending into the Black Sea the warships of the international locations allegedly affected by grain shortages attributable to the battle between Russia and Ukraine, has been floated by Lithuanian FM Gabrielius Landsbergis throughout his journey to London in late May. According to the media, the British authorities had voiced help, in precept, for such a mission.

“There’s no problem with exporting grain without putting together any such schemes,” the Russian international minister assured his viewers.

He reiterated that Moscow ensures the safety of vessels with grain in worldwide waters all the best way to the Bosphorus strait, a key entry channel managed by Ankara. “We have understanding on this issue with Turkey,” Lavrov stated.

Ukraine is a serious exporter of grain however its ships have been unable to place to sea because the launch of the Russian navy operation within the nation in late February. Kiev and the West are blaming Moscow for blocking their passage, whereas Russia insists that logistical issues have been created by naval mines positioned by Ukraine itself.

“The efforts that are now being undertaken by both Turkey and the UN Secretary General [Antonio Guterres] would’ve been a success a long time ago if Ukraine and its Western masters had solved the problem of demining ports in the Black Sea,” Russia’s high diplomat identified.

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on Thursday additionally addressed the difficulty of serving to Ukrainian grain go away the ports, saying that it could require “an international effort.”

The UK Foreign Secretary, who was talking after talks with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, has claimed {that a} failure to swiftly resolve the grain-transport impasse “will cause great famine.”

“[Russian President Vladimir] Putin is weaponizing hunger, he’s using food security as a callous tool of war. He’s blocked Ukrainian ports, and is stopping 20 million tonnes of grain being exported across the globe, holding the world to ransom,” Truss stated.

Lavrov had beforehand blamed the West for exaggerating the problems surrounding Ukrainian grain, declaring that the blocked provides accounted for “less than 1% of the global production of wheat and other cereals.”

“Therefore, the current situation with Ukrainian grain has nothing to do with the food crisis,” he stated, talking a number of weeks in the past.

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