EU hopes for deal on unblocking Ukrainian port this week




European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on July 18 he hopes there will be an agreement this week to allow Ukrainian grain to be exported from Black Sea ports, Ukrinform reports.

“Russia is blocking export of Ukrainian grain and we are doing our best to ship this grain by other means via “solidarity corridor”, by the Black Sea from ports of Romania and Bulgaria. However, it is not enough. I hope we will see a deal this week to unblock Ukrainian ports”, – J. Borrell emphasized.

J. Borrell says the agreement is a “life or death” issue for tens of thousands of people.

“It is not a diplomatic game. It is an issue of life or death for many. Russia has to allow Ukrainian grain exports or else the international community will have to say Russia is using food as a weapon without any consideration for human beings’ lives”, – he said.