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Ukraine urges EU to open pathways for grain exports, rejects restrictions

Dmytro Kuleba. Photo: Ukrinform

Head of Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, called on the European Union and EU member states to urgently expand all available pathways for Ukrainian grain exports and described any restrictions on grain transportation as unacceptable. Kuleba made these remarks on Thursday, July 20, during a meeting of the European Union’s Council of Foreign Ministers, European Pravda reports.

He emphasized the need for Ukraine and the EU to exert maximum efforts to facilitate the export of food from Ukraine, including significantly increasing the capacity of alternative transportation corridors known as “Solidarity Corridors.”

Kuleba stressed that all alternative export routes for Ukrainian grain should operate at full capacity and expand, and any statements about restrictions are not acceptable.

“Under current conditions, we need to open all doors instead of keeping some of them closed,” the Minister stated.

He also put forward specific proposals to enhance the capacity of transport corridors, including joint development of the Danube Cluster, as well as the Adriatic and Baltic transport corridors.

Earlier, the Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, threatened not to open the border for Ukrainian grain after September 15. Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Olha Stefanishyna, criticized the threats from the Polish government to close the border for Ukrainian grain following the collapse of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

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