Germany welcomes the completion of the blocking of sea exports of Ukrainian grain, but does not stop working on increasing the capacity of alternative routes.
German Foreign Ministry spokesman Christoph Burger said this at a briefing in Berlin, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“We welcome the fact that the first grain carrier left the port of Odessa, this is a glimmer of hope in the growing food crisis. Today it is important that the grain agreement is filled with life and more ships can go to sea. At the same time, we continue to work hard to create alternative routes, because you can not blindly rely on assurances (about security),” the diplomat said.
The EU’s “solidarity route” has already led to a huge increase in exports to Europe via rail and road, Burger said. He noted that before the war, such a route did not actually exist, and now different countries and different departments are working on its improvement.
According to a representative of the German Foreign Ministry, during June-July, 2.5 million tons of Ukrainian grain were transported in this way. But, he stressed, the sea route is necessary to prevent a global food crisis.
Burger recalled that last month, German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock visited the port of Constanta in Romania, through which grain is also transshipped.
As reported, on August 1, for the first time since February 24, a ship with Ukrainian food left the port of Odessa. There are more than 26 thousand tons of Ukrainian corn on board. The Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni is heading to the port of Tripoli, Lebanon. The ship will move along the corridor, the safety of which was confirmed by the UN and Turkey. Now in the ports of the Odessa region there are 16 more ships with Ukrainian grain, which are waiting for departure.