In Germany, they insist on expanding alternative routes for the export of Ukrainian grain so as not to depend on Russia in this matter. This was stated by Federal Minister of Agriculture Cem Özdemir. Rheinische Post.
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As noted, the German federal government welcomed the departure of the first dry cargo ship with Ukrainian grain from the port of Odessa.
“Each transport ship that safely leaves Ukrainian ports is a glimmer of hope for Ukraine and for the hungry people in this world,” Ozdemir said.
At the same time, he stressed that one should not rely on the promises of the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.
“Despite all hopes, we must remember that in the end we rely on the word of Putin’s aggressor. And now we are painfully aware of the price of Putin’s word,” Ozdemir said.
Reportedly, the initiative of the EU Commission has already led to a significant increase in road and rail exports to Europe. About 2.5 million tons of grain were transported along this route, which did not exist in Ukraine before the start of the war, in June-July.
Özdemir said he would support the EU’s efforts to find new routes.
“Even if Ukraine gets safe access to the Black Sea again, it should not remain dependent on Russia,” the German minister said. “Therefore, it is necessary to promote the expansion of alternative export routes. We are talking about permanent alternatives, not temporary ones. I want to convince the Commission The EU is pushing for the expansion of alternative export routes.”
- August 1, the first vessel with unblocked Ukrainian grain (26,000 tons of corn) came out from a Ukrainian-controlled port in the Black Sea. Expectedthat it will arrive in Istanbul on August 2.
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