Russia does not hinder the export of Ukrainian grain, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.
“Regarding the export of grain from Ukraine. We do not interfere with this. And there are several ways to export grain,” Putin said in an interview with broadcaster Rossiya 24.
The first way, according to him, is that “you can export through the ports that are under the control of Ukraine, first of all in the Black Sea basin – Odessa and neighboring ports”.
“We have not mined the approaches to the ports. It is Ukraine which has mined it”, underlined the president.
Russia will not launch any attacks from the sea while Ukraine clears ports, Putin said.
“We will not take advantage of the mine clearance situation to launch, so to speak, attacks from the sea. I have already said this,” Putin said.
Russia is ready to ensure the peaceful transportation of grain and the safe entry of ships into the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea, he said.
“No conditions. Please, we will ensure peaceful passage, guarantee the security of the approaches to these ports, ensure the entry of foreign ships and their movement in Azov and the Black Sea in all directions,” he said. he declared.
If Ukraine clears the ports, ships carrying grain will be able to leave without problems, Putin said.
“It was not us who mined the approach to the port. Ukraine mined it. I have already told all our colleagues several times: let them clear, and please let ships with grain leave the ports. We guarantee a peaceful passage without any problems. But no problem, please. They have to clear mines and take ships from the bottom of the Black Sea there, which were sunk in order to make it difficult to approach these ports in southern Ukraine,” he said.
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