Lithuania says “willing” countries should join efforts to lift Russia’s blockade of the Black Sea
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielli Landsbergis has suggested that an international naval alliance should be mobilized to ensure that Ukrainian cargo ships can leave the Black Sea ports within the so-called blockade of Russia’s coastline.
Landsburgis proposed the idea during talks with UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in London on Monday, as he explained to the Guardian in an interview. Truss has spoken of Britain’s support for such an alliance in principle.
Russia has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once “Speculation,” And says Kyiv itself has created logistical problems for shipping by planting mines in its own port.
However, according to the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, “An alliance of aspirants – countries with significant naval power” Needed to protect shipping routes from Russia to the Black Sea.
NATO should not be involved in this naval escort operation, Landsbergis said. “It will be a non-military humanitarian mission and cannot be compared to a no-fly zone.” He told the Guardian.
Not only Britain, but all the countries affected by the grain shortage, including Egypt, could join the campaign, the diplomat suggested.
“Time is short. We are starting to harvest a new crop and there is no practical way to export grain other than the Black Sea port of Odessa. He insisted. “It is imperative that we show the weak countries that we are ready to take the necessary steps to feed the world.”
Landsburgis said he believes “The effort will use military ships or planes or both so that the grain supply can safely leave Odessa and reach the Bosphorus without Russian intervention.”
However, he acknowledged that the implementation of such a plan would require deactivation of certain areas and approval from Turkey, which controls the Black Sea gateway and could view escort operations as additional.
According to the Guardian, after the meeting, Truss said that Britain would be willing to provide its ships for escort missions if the issues raised by Landsburg were resolved.
“All we have to do is tackle this global food security problem and the UK is working on an urgent solution to get the grain out of Ukraine,” he said. The newspaper quoted him as saying.
Russia and Ukraine account for about 30% of global wheat exports, and conflicts between the two neighbors have pushed the world to the brink. “Hunger Hurricane and the Dissolution of the Global Food System,” According to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
The Kremlin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, agreed with Guterres on Monday. “That’s true.” When Russia insisted “It’s not the source of the problem that is threatening the world. The source of the problem is those who imposed the sanctions, and the sanctions themselves. “
He said Ukrainian forces had planted naval mines in the Black Sea and that ships were plying the area. “Practically impossible.”
According to Peskov, Kyiv could also use the rail route to export its grain. Poland sends trains to Ukraine with weapons, and “no one stops them from exporting grain on the same train,” he said.