“More than 150 ships are in a waiting queue to fulfill contractual obligations to supply our agricultural products,” said the Ukrainian president
The Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia today of “deliberately” delaying the passage of ships loaded with Ukrainian grain, supplies vital to many countries in Africa and Asia.
“More than 150 ships are in a waiting line to fulfill our contractual obligations to supply our agricultural products. It is an artificial waiting line, created only because Russia is deliberately delaying the passage of ships”Zelensky said in a video message.
As he stated, China, Egypt, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and Maghreb countries are among the countries affected by these delays which affect “nearly three million tonnes of food”.
The delay means Ukraine has so far exported 3 million tonnes of grain less than expected, enough to feed 10 million people, Zelensky reports.
Russia and Ukraine agreed in July to resume exports of Ukrainian grain, which had been halted since the start of the war, following a deal brokered by the UN and Turkey.
Russia has since criticized the deal, pointing out that its own exports are hampered by the sanctions.
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