Shipment term

Berlin asks for new shipping routes for Ukrainian grain exports


BERLIN — Establishing reliable transport routes for grain from Ukraine is a top priority to prevent a global food crisis and will be a major topic at a conference on supply tensions on Friday, the city said. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.

German Agriculture Minister Cem Oezdemir, speaking at a joint press conference with Ms Baerbock, said Ukraine was being blackmailed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and that t was therefore necessary to develop new long-term transport routes.

Germany will spend 4 € billion this year to fight world hunger, said Development Minister Svenja Schulze.

Ms Baerbock added in a subsequent press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that international partners were working together to counter Russia’s potentially destabilizing grain war and related propaganda.

The European Union (EU) ambassador to Russia had requested a meeting with Russia’s deputy foreign minister to discuss food security, according to a ministry statement on Friday.

Russia’s deputy foreign minister blamed US and EU sanctions for food shortages and accused the West of waging a propaganda campaign against him at Thursday’s meeting, he said. — Reuters