President Russia Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi discussed ways to ease the international food crisis, with Russia stressing that this can only be done if the West lifts sanctions.
“President Vladimir Putin stressed that the Russian Federation is ready to make a significant contribution to the redress food crisis through the export of cereals and fertilizers, provided that politically motivated restrictions from the West are lifted,” Moscow said in a statement.
At a press conference on the evening of May 26, Italian Prime Minister Draghi said he had taken the initiative to call the Russian leader.
“I feel it is my duty to carry out (this initiative) because of the gravity of the humanitarian crisis that can affect the poorest people in the world,” the Italian Prime Minister told the newspaper. gender.
Mr. Draghi said Putin said the food crisis was caused by sanctions.
“I am interested in a smaller, more well-defined issue, of seeing if we can release this huge amount of grain at our ports. Ukraine in the Black Sea or not,” Draghi said.
The Italian leader revealed that he would talk by phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss this issue.
The conflict is accelerating a global food crisis, sending the prices of grains, cooking oil, fuel and fertilizer soaring.
In another development, the Russian Defense Ministry said that civilian ships can now safely use the port of Mariupol on Ukraine’s Sea of Azov.
Russia took full control of Mariupol last week after the Ukrainian soldiers at the Azovstal steel plant surrender. According to Russia, the danger from mines around the port of Mariupol has also been eliminated.
The Russian Defense Ministry informed that six foreign dry cargo ships at the port of Mariupol have now been allowed to export and urged governments of countries to ask owners to let the ships move. The ships came from Bulgaria, Dominica, Liberia, Panama, Turkey and Jamaica.