Russia not blocking exports of Ukrainian Grain - Foreign Ministry
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says that issues in logistics arose due to the mining of seaports by Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told Sputnik, on Thursday, that remarks alleging that Russia is blocking exports of Ukrainian grain in the Black Sea ports are “speculations.”
Zakharova went on to say that “talking about Russia allegedly blocking the export of Ukrainian grain in the Black Sea ports and the deficit in the grain market in the result is nothing but speculation,” stressing that issues in logistics arose due to mining of seaports by Ukraine.
Russia, according to the spokesperson, also continues to export food and meets its obligations.
"Our country is interested in the stable functioning of the world food market," Zakharova said.
Earlier, Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia added that Russia suspects Ukraine is sending grain to Europe in exchange for military supplies.
During a UN Security Council meeting, Nebenzia said: "Grain ... are being carried out of Ukraine actively using railways and using barges on the Danube but where is this screen going? We have reason to suspect that this grain is not being used to feed the hungry in the Global South, but it's being stored in grain storage of a number of different European countries."
"As we understand it, Ukraine is paying for deliveries of Western weapons in this way," he concluded.
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