In a statement made by the Office of the President of Ukraine, Ukrainian State Leader Volodymyr Zelensky came to a meeting with journalists as part of the Journalists’ Day celebrated in Ukraine.
Volodymyr Zelenski also stated that Ukraine is trying to find alternative ways to export grain, emphasizing that ports continue to be a priority for the transportation of Ukrainian grain.
Zelenski said that Ukraine is negotiating with several countries and the United Nations (UN) to remove the barriers in front of the ports for unhindered grain exports.
Zelenski said, “It is valuable for us that we are ready to export grain. There is a rumor from Russia that the food shortage is caused by Ukraine because we do not export. “This is not real and you know it very appropriately,” he said.
‘WE HAVE MEET WITH TURKEY’
Noting that they had discussed the situation of Ukrainian ports with President Erdoğan, Volodymyr Zelenski said, “We need a security corridor for ships so that the fleet of one or the other country will ensure the export of grain. We talked to both England and Turkey. Turkey is now trying to find a format for how it will guarantee us,” he said.
According to Zelenski, at the meeting in Ankara, representatives of Turkey and Russia could raise the issue of security guarantees for the Turkish fleet during grain exports to Ukraine.
‘PORTS ARE PRIORITY FOR GRAIN TRANSPORT’
Volodymyr Zelenski stated that Ukraine is trying to find alternative ways to export grain, “There are several options for exporting our grain. We are negotiating with neighboring countries, Baltic countries, Poland on small-volume export via Ukrainian railways. However, this is not an adequate option for us or for them.”
Stating that this is not a priority due to the long export period, Zelenski emphasized that the ports continue to be a priority for the transportation of Ukrainian grain, and said, “We can export very quickly. With 22-25 million tons of grain now blocked, we could have 75 million tons of grain by autumn. What will we do then? That’s why we can’t do without ports,” he said.