Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday informed the leaders of France and Germany Moscow was “ready” to search for methods to ship grain caught in Ukrainian ports however demanded the West elevate sanctions. The Kremlin chief additionally warned French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz towards ramping up arms provides to Ukraine, saying they may additional destabilize the state of affairs within the pro-western nation.
Putin stated the difficulties in supplying grain to world markets have been the results of “erroneous economic and financial policies of western countries”.
“Russia is ready to help find options for the unhindered export of grain, including the export of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports,” Putin informed Macron and Scholz, the Kremlin stated. “An increase in the supply of Russian fertilizers and agricultural products will also help reduce tensions on the global food market, which, of course, will require the removal of the relevant sanctions.”
Russia’s offensive in Ukraine and western sanctions have disrupted provides of fertilizer, wheat and different commodities from the 2 nations, fueling issues concerning the danger of starvation all over the world. Russia and Ukraine produce 30 per cent of the worldwide wheat provide.
The West has accused Putin of utilizing starvation as a weapon in Moscow’s offensive towards Ukraine. As Ukraine’s western backers have been contemplating whether or not to ship extra arms provides to Kyiv, Putin informed Macron and Scholz the persevering with arms provides have been “dangerous”, warning “of the risks of further destabilization of the situation and aggravation of the humanitarian crisis”, the Kremlin stated.
Putin additionally stated Moscow was open to renew dialogue with Kyiv, his workplace stated. Talks between Russian and Ukrainian delegations have been held each in individual and by way of video-link because the Russian navy offensive however have not too long ago floor to a halt.