The United States has identified viable routes for Ukrainian grain export.
Following the Withdrawal of Russia From the Grain Deal, US Has Identifies Viable Routes for Ukrainian Grain Export Through the Country’s Territorial Waters and Overland
US sees viable routes for Ukrainian Grain Export after Russia’s withdrawal from a grain agreement, senior US official has said. The official also mentioned the intention to resume the Ukrainian grain export at levels similar to those before the war in the coming months.
According to James O’Brien, head of the Department of State’s Office of Sanctions Coordination, the viable routes that they identified for Ukrainian Grain Export includes territorial waters and overland expressed. He also expressed the goal of reinstating pre-war levels of Ukrainian grain export in the next months.
It is worth noting that Turkish and Ukrainian foreign ministers have remarked that alternatives to the Black Sea grain deal are less favorable for Ukrainian grain export.
Newly Tested Wartime Black Sea Export Corridor Opens Possibilities for Ukrainian Grain Export Shipments
Ukraine is contemplating the utilization of a recently tested wartime Black Sea export pathway for Ukrainian grain export shipment, after the successful evacuation of a vessel along this route. Russia’s imposition of a port blockade since its 2022 invasion and its withdrawal from a U.N.-endorsed secure passage agreement have generated tensions.
In response, Ukraine introduced a “humanitarian corridor” along the sea’s western coastline.
Accusations have arisen that Russia is employing food as a strategic weapon, stemming from its departure from the Black Sea agreement that contributed to reducing global food prices, as well as its series of recent airstrikes on Ukrainian ports and grain storage sites. Russia’s counterargument is that the agreement’s inefficiency in distributing sufficient grain to economically challenged nations, along with Western sanctions affecting port access, insurance, and banking, hinder its own food exports.