Volodymyr Zelensky called the beginning of the export movement of Ukrainian grain the “first positive signal”. Today from the port of Odessa a ship carrying 26,000 tons of corn left.
“As of now, it is not yet the time to draw any conclusions and predict further developments. But the port started working, the export movement began, and this can be called the first positive signal that there is a chance to stop the development of the food crisis in the world.”, Zelensky said in his traditional evening address.
He added that 16 vessels are currently waiting in line for dispatch.
According to the president, the export of grain and agricultural products is positive not only for the regions that depend on Ukrainian supplies, but also for our state.
“The question is not only in billions of dollars of foreign exchange earnings. About half a million Ukrainians are involved in the cultivation of export agricultural crops, and if we add related industries, this is plus a million jobs. Hence the state attention to the implementation of the export initiative. This is what our people really need.“, Zelensky stressed.
Now everything depends on the fulfillment of security parameters, and this is the responsibility of partners, primarily the UN and Turkey.
“We cannot be under the illusion that Russia is simply holding back from trying to disrupt Ukrainian exports. Russia consistently provoked famine in the countries of Africa and Asia, which traditionally imported significant volumes of Ukrainian food. And now, in conditions of extreme heat, as this year in Europe, the threat of a price crisis and a certain food shortage also exists for some European countries.“, the President stressed.
Recall, on July 22 in Istanbul, at the proposal of the United Nations, Ukraine, Turkey and UN Secretary-General António Guterres signed Initiative for the Safe Transport of Grain and Food from the Ukrainian ports “Odessa”, “Chernomorsk” and “Yuzhny”.
Diplomats hope that the agreement on the export of Ukrainian food will become a test case for future peace negotiations.