Russia’s war continues to block much needed grain exports from Ukraine to the rest of the world. The Ukrainian agriculture ministry has said that as long as the ports remain blocked, only a tenth of the country’s current grain reserves can be exported by road and rail each month. Turkey hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for talks aimed at reopening Ukrainian ports for shipments of grain.
The Ukrainian government says that as many as 25 Mmillion tons of grain are stuck in Odesa’s blockaded Black Sea port. Russia and Turkey voiced support Wednesday for a safe corridor in the Black Sea, with shipments flanked by the Turkish navy. But Kyiv rejected the proposal, saying it was not credible.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, global food prices have exploded, leading to the threat of a worsening hunger crisis in North Africa.
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