Russia denies grain blockade and demands lifting of sanctions

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Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov visited Turkey and categorically denied that he was obstructing the export of grain or sunflower oil from Ukrainian ports.

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Ankara.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Ankara.AP

Turkey has announced that it sees a “viable” mechanism to facilitate the transport of Ukrainian goods safely through the Black Sea. Even then, Russia, which categorically denies that it is obstructing the export of grain or sunflower oil from Ukrainian ports, has indicated that its participation in the said mechanism includes the easing of sanctions. In addition, the Russians have accused the President of Ukraine of using the export problem to import weapons.

“Ukraine, Russia and Turkey must first agree on this plan. Our proposal is to arrange a meeting to address this problem,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Avusoglu told a joint press conference with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday. I emphasized. According to Avusoglu, the United Nations proposed a preliminary plan. “Hopefully technical preparations can be made at the earliest, so that [el plan] be beneficial to both the parties,” the minister said.

Without a clear announcement about the imminent opening of a safe sea route that would ease the serious food problem facing many countries, the real message had to be read between the lines.The Kremlin has demanded from Turkey that Ukraine’s export problems are linked to the possibility that Russia could develop its commercial activity. That is to say, he is not subject to restrictions.

“Of course it is legitimate for the Russian Federation to allow export schemes for grain and sunflower products. Russia wishes to remove sanctions, secure the logistics of ships, transport ships to ports and services to them. and that necessary steps have been taken in the banking aspect”, Mevlut Evusoglu calculated. ,A debate should be opened if the world needs the production of these exports.“, Sentence.

,There is a real food crisis in the world, We should not focus only on the problem of Ukrainian exports. Russia also has a fertilizer problem”, Lavrov is in the middle of a journalist’s response. Shortly thereafter, Vladimir Putin’s envoy issued one of those false-smelling headlines: “No obstacle for the Russian side is for transit to Ukrainian merchants”.

According to the Russian version, “The Ukrainians are trying to present us as if we were obstructing trade. Not true,” he insisted. “We have continually opened up humanitarian corridors.” But Zelensky, Lavrov says, “denies deactivating the mines” that should allow the movement of ships from Ukrainian ports. “He’s not interested in solving the problem.” The issue, Lavrov concluded, is that Ukraine wants to use those same sea lanes to import weapons.

In his next turn with reporters, Avsoglu delves into Russian arguments. “Grain exports from Russia and Ukraine account for a third of the global”, “Weapons should not be transported” through the proposed corridors, said the Turkish minister, who has proposed “a mechanism to inspect” the ships. “We have offered the United Nations a mechanism to allow the lifting of export barriers and address the security concerns of both.”

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