Johnson wants to help Ukraine with grain exports and clearing the Black Sea coast


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to help Ukraine clear the country’s southern coast. In addition, he plans to offer insurance to ships transporting the country’s grain across the Black Sea for export.

Since the Russian invasion, southern Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea have been blocked. Virtually no grain can leave the country. As a result, 20 million tons (20 billion kilograms) of grain are now stored in Ukrainian silos and food prices are rising worldwide.

With the help of the United Nations, Turkey is trying to mediate between Russia and Ukraine and make exports from the Black Sea ports possible again. Moscow is blocking this and wants a number of Western sanctions against the country to be lifted first.

From Rwanda, where he is attending a meeting of Commonwealth leaders, Johnson told the news agency Reuters that the British are involved in the negotiations. “What we can mainly offer is knowledge in the area of ​​marine insurance and a lot of expertise in transporting goods through areas at sea that are, shall we say, controversial.”

The British can also help in the field of mine clearance, says the Prime Minister. “We are discussing with the Ukrainians on the technical side of mine clearance in Odessa,” Johnson said. Odessa is the largest Ukrainian city on the Black Sea.

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