The Ukrainian grain export crisis would have already been resolved had Kyiv and its Western allies demined the Black sea ports, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference following talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian Thrusday.
“The attempts of Turkey and the UN Secretary-General would have been successful long ago had Ukraine and its Western masters resolved the issue of demining in the Black sea,” Lavrov said.
“Attempts to organize an international coalition for demining ports in the Black Sea are aimed solely at intervening in the affairs of the Black Sea region under the auspices of the UN,” Lavrov added.
Earlier on Thursday, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said Thursday it is “urgent” to solve the Ukraine grain crisis within the next month to avoid “devastating” consequences.
Speaking in Ankara alongside Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Truss once again accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of “weaponizing hunger” and stressed that if this difficult situation is not resolved, it will likely lead to “a huge hunger across the globe.”
“He [Putin] blocked the Ukrainian ports and is stopping 20 million tones of grain being exported across the globe, holding the world to ransom,” Truss said, who is in Turkey to discuss the plan to get the grain out, supported by the UN.