Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine issues statement on the unblocking of Ukrainian seaports, APA reports.
The statement reads that Ukraine is investing all efforts in the unblocking of Ukrainian seaports to prevent a global food crisis: " Currently, we are working together with the UN and other our partners on the establishment of a humanitarian corridor for the export of Ukrainian agricultural products.
Given the recent Russian missile strike on a grain terminal in Mykolaiv, we cannot rule out Russia's plans to use such a corridor to attack Odesa and southern Ukraine. That is why effective security guarantees are needed to restore navigation. Such guarantees should be provided by supplying Ukraine with appropriate weapons to protect the coastline from threats from the sea and by involving third countries' navy to patrol the relevant part of the Black Sea.
We appreciate Türkiye's efforts aimed at unblocking Ukrainian ports. At the same time, it should be noted that there are no agreements on this issue between Ukraine, Turkey and Russia at this time. We emphasize that decisions must be made with the participation of all involved parties. We will reject any agreements that do not take into account the interests of Ukraine.
Ukraine has already started supplying grain to the world market by trucks, railway and river transport. We are doing everything possible, but this issue can be comprehensively resolved only by unblocking Ukrainian ports. We call on all interested partners, together with Ukraine, to focus our efforts on finding a balanced solution that will lift the Russian blockade of ports and at the same time provide clear security guarantees for the Ukrainian Black Sea coast and relevant humanitarian corridors."