Canadian authorities have declared their readiness to help export grain from Ukraine

Canadian Foreign Minister said that if there are problems with the supply of grain from Ukraine, millions of people could face hunger

Melanie Jolie

Canada is ready to send ships to European ports to export grain from Ukraine. This was stated by the head of the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Melanie Joly, reports CTV.

“We must make sure that this grain will be sent around the world. If this does not happen, then millions of people will face hunger, & mdash; she told reporters.

She made such a statement following a meeting of the G7 foreign ministers in the Wangels commune in northern Germany.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on May 9 that Ottawa will help Kyiv develop grain export options to ensure global food security.

According to the representative of the UN World Food Program, about 25 million tons of grain “stuck” in Ukraine due to infrastructure problems and “blocked Black Sea ports”, including the port in Mariupol, which is under the control of the Russian military.

Trudeau noted that ports on the Danube River in the south of the country could be used to export Ukrainian grain. He did not name other options.

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Joly previously pointed out the importance of Turkey's cooperation in finding a solution for the export of grain from Ukraine. “We will work with different countries, including Turkey, because we know that the Bosphorus is fundamental to access to the Black Sea,” — she said.

U.S. President Joe Biden also spoke about finding an opportunity to return 20 million tons of Ukrainian grain to the world market and to reduce world prices. State Department spokesman Ned Price said food insecurity is being exacerbated by Russia's actions in Ukraine.

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said that Washington distorts the facts, accusing Russia of provoking a global food crisis. He called such attacks on Russia “extremely destructive”; and recalled that the country, “despite adverse external circumstances”, will continue to supply agricultural products.

Against the backdrop of the conflict in Ukraine, world food and fertilizer prices have risen. In March, food prices increased by 12.6% to 159.3 points, which was a record for more than 30 years— since 1990, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

Russia and Ukraine— one of the largest grain suppliers in the world. In the 2021/22 season, which began in July, Russia accounted for 16% of world wheat exports, Ukraine— ten%. At the same time, Ukraine is among the leaders in the export of corn in the world, its share is 14% (Russia has 2%).

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