Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Says Kyiv Is Ready To Export To Africa After Russia Lifts  Blockade

According to Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dymtro Kuleba, his country will be ready to export much-needed grain to Africa as soon as Russia lifts its Black Sea blockade.

In a U.S.-arranged online briefing to journalists recently, the minister blamed Russia for the global food crisis affecting millions of Africans and called for more African support against Moscow.

Kuleba argued that his country and Africa need each other to overcome the global food crisis, which he blamed on Russia’s aggression.

“We want to export our agricultural products to you as badly as you want to receive them,” Kuleba said, “and there is only one reason why both ends of this supply chain – which is us and you – cannot benefit from these exports. It’s the Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports as a result of the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.”

Ukraine is a major supplier of wheat, corn, and sunflower oil to African countries, and since Russia’s invasion began in February, Africa has faced food and cooking oil shortages that have left an estimated 400 million people on the continent food insecure.

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