Times: Black Sea warships escorted by Ukrainians, London discusses

Times: Black Sea warships escorted by Ukrainians, London discusses

London: Thanasis Gavos

THE Britain is in talks with allies to send warships to the Black Sea to provide protection to cargo ships carrying Ukrainian grain, the Times writes today.

According to the report, a “coalition of the willing” would aim to break the Russian blockade within weeks by providing a “protective corridor” from Odessa to the Bosphorus.

The Times points to international fears that “time is running out” to avert a global food crisis, adding that the United States has said it will send long-range missiles to strike Russian ships.

It is believed that six Russian ships and two submarines are currently involved in the blockade of the Black Sea.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, who discussed the creation of the Odessa-Bosphorus corridor with his British counterpart Liz Tras, said the coalition could include NATO-affiliated countries and other countries. cereals, such as Egypt.

He mentioned the possibility of launching ships or planes based on the Black Sea and providing sea passage to ships with Ukrainian grain until they reach from the Odessa to the Bosphorus. He blamed her Russia that it “holds the vulnerable countries of the world hostage” by not allowing food to be sent.

The operation would require the demining of the port of Odessa and the supply of more long-range missiles to Ukraine to defend against Russian attacks.

“What we need to do is tackle this issue of global food security, and the United Kingdom is working on an urgent solution to get the grain out of Ukraine,” she said.

A diplomatic report from the Times states that the British Foreign Secretary supports the sending of warships to escort trucks from Odessa, possibly from Mykolaiv.

The Lithuanian Foreign Minister stressed that despite the involvement of warships, the plan would not constitute an escalation on the part of the West, as the ships would not participate in military operations.

A Western official, however, estimates that such a move would require the consent of Russia, otherwise there would be a clear risk of an “incident”.

The Times adds that such a plan would require US green light and a guarantee from Turkey of safe passage through the Bosphorus, which remains closed to warships.

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