Ukraine Says Russia Stealing Grain
By Micah Halpern
In a scathing attack, Ambassador Vasyl Bodnar, Kyiv's ambassador to Ankara, said that Turkey is among the countries buying grain that Russia – grain that was stolen from Ukraine.
Ukraine is now seeking help from Turkish authorities and Interpol is launching an investigation to determine who exactly is involved with the shipments of grains transiting Turkish waters.
Over the past month reports have emerged accusing Russia of stealing Ukrainian grain.
Russia and Ukraine are two of the world's biggest grain exporters, but the ongoing war has stopped many of these shipments from leaving the Black Sea.
According to a local newspaper, Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko indicated that Belarus was ready to discuss the transport of Ukraine's grain via Belarus, “but there must be compromises."
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry asserts that several grain shipments were being shipped to Syria via Russian cargo ships. Several trucks were also sent to Russia and around 1,500 tons of grain were exported to Crimea from the Kherson Oblast.
A Russian ship loaded with grain had also headed to Egypt, but Cairo had refused to accept it and turned it away. Egypt is one of the world's largest wheat importers and usually imports large volumes of Black Sea wheat.
Russia has denied all accusations of stealing Ukrainian wheat. And Russian officials have recently promised to ensure the passage of vital Ukrainian food exports through the Black Sea in exchange for the end of sanctions against them.
"We call on our friends, the African Union, to persistently demand that the West lift illegal unilateral sanctions that undermine the transport and logistics infrastructure necessary for world trade,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said according to Interfax.
Lavrov also noted the vulnerability of African countries in terms of food security.
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