According to Alexei Palishuk, second head of the department of countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States of the Foreign Ministry, “the ball is on the Ukrainian side,” alluding to a possible operation by Russia, Turkey and Ukraine to transport the product.
Palishuk clarified that Moscow in no way prevents the transportation of cereals stored in ports under Ukrainian control, and pointed out that the decision will be applied once an agreement has reached in this regard, but it depends on Kiev.
Western powers imposed more than 10,000 punitive measures against Russia since early this year, even before President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24th the start of a military operation in Ukraine.
Among the restrictions is the prohibition of the purchase of wheat and fertilizers from Russia and the docking of its ships in ports of the United States, Canada and countries of the European Union, despite which Russia is accused of promoting a famine in the world, in relation to an alleged blockade of Ukrainian ports such as Odessa by the Russian Navy.
The Russian Ministry of Defense denounced that Ukraine mined the port and sank ships in the harbor to impede navigation.
For this reason, the Kremlin authorities, in the midst of a mediation proposal from Turkey, spoke of the need to unblock said port to evacuate wheat stored there, while observers point out that this product is also necessary for the Ukrainian population.