Ukraine is currently discussing with Britain and Turkey the idea of a third-country navy guaranteeing the passage of Ukrainian grain exports through Russian-occupied Black Sea ports, Zelenski told a news conference in Kyiv.
“Currently, between 20 and 25 million tons of grain are blocked, and in the autumn this amount could increase to 70-75 million tons,” the head of the Ukrainian state told the press.
The agricultural and food sector is responsible for almost 10% of Ukraine’s GDP. Last year, the neighboring country exported $ 28 billion worth of food worldwide, including seven billion euros worth of food to the EU.
In the 2020/2021 season, Ukraine was the fourth largest global exporter of corn and the sixth largest exporter of wheat, according to the International Cereals Council.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24, Ukraine has been forced to redirect its grain exports by rail to the western border or to small ports on the Danube.
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