Belarus states the conditions for the transit of grain to Ukraine
President Lukashenko announced that Belarus is ready to transship Ukrainian grain to the Baltic coastal ports if they can also transport goods through this route.
In a phone call with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on June 3, President Alexander Lukashenko stated: Belarus ready to provide the necessary rail transport capacity for the transshipment of Ukrainian grain.
Lukashenko also proposed holding talks between Belarus, Ukraine and countries ready to allow access to their ports on the Baltic coast.
“The most important thing that was mentioned in the discussions was that ports in Germany, Poland, Russia or the Baltic countries should also be open to Belarusian goods,” Belta reported. “If they facilitate the transportation of grain by Ukrainethe ports handling this item can load and unload goods from Belarus”.
Transporting food from Ukraine via Belarus to Baltic coastal ports was one of the proposals raised at UN discussions to boost global grain supplies. The parties involved in the discussion also proposed lifting the blockade of Ukraine’s ports along the Black Sea.
A series of Western sanctions enacted in 2021-2022 targeting Belarus disrupted its fertilizer exports through Baltic coastal ports. Financial sanctions against Russia in response to the special military operation also affected the country’s fertilizer exports.
Russia and Belarus accuse the Western embargo of disrupting grain exports and potentially triggering a global food crisis. Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General warned that any agreement on lifting the ban on the movement of goods in the region “is not possible because everything is interconnected, making negotiations especially complicated”. .
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