Grain export from Ukraine: Ursula von der Leyen demands unblocking the Black Sea

Ursula von der Leyen
Ursula von der Leyen
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Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Published: July 19 2023 at 08:54 am

The restoration of transportation through the Black Sea is of great importance for eliminating the food vulnerability of the most vulnerable countries in the world and for continuing the export of Ukrainian products. The European Union will continue to work to ensure food security with all available funds.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated this in Brussels during a press conference following the two-day meeting at the highest level between the EU and the countries of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) . According to her, at the summit, the leaders of the EU and CELAC countries paid considerable attention to ending Russian aggression against Ukraine.

"Another issue is Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. I am deeply concerned about Russia's move to end the Black Sea Grain Initiative, despite the efforts of the UN and Turkey. There is a risk that this will bring food insecurity to many vulnerable countries around the world," she said.

She emphasized that the European Union will take all necessary measures to ensure food security. In this context, the EU will actively use the "corridors of solidarity" on the border with Ukraine, thanks to which it has already been possible to deliver more than 45 million tons of grain and other food products.

"The Black Sea Initiative provided an additional 35 million tons (of Ukrainian exports - ed.). Therefore, we will probably continue to export agricultural products from Ukraine to the global market through the "corridors of solidarity". But it is important to unblock the Black Sea and continue exporting this way," she noted Ursula von der Leyen.

According to her statement, at the summit, the leaders of the EU and CELAC countries paid great attention to the end of Russian aggression against Ukraine.

The President of the European Commission noted that there were many discussions about the desire to end the current war. A just and sustainable world based on the UN Charter is a common goal for all. All countries share a common interest in resolutely defending international law and the UN Charter. In this context, she emphasized that new relations are considered a good start for future friendships.

She added that the participants of the EU-CELAC summit agreed to hold such meetings every two years.

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