Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced this Friday that the “hysteria” surrounding wheat exports from Ukrainian ports is an “artificially” fueled controversy.
“The hysteria is artificially inflated as far as transport through the Black Sea ports is concerned,” criticized Putin in his telematic intervention during a meeting of the BRICS bloc from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
The President of Russia assured at this forum that Moscow is ready to guarantee the free transit of ships carrying grain through the Black Sea waters, although he emphasized that the problems of the world wheat market do not depend on the solution of this problem.
“I have publicly stated on several occasions, and I would like to emphasize once again, that Russia does not prevent the export of Ukrainian grain from the territory of this country and is ready to ensure the free passage of ships carrying grain to international waters,” he defended.
President Putin has confirmed that there is an agreement with UN officials to this end, but the Ukrainian authorities have yet to take a “constructive approach” in this regard.
Finally, the Russian leader has appreciated his country’s role in the world food market, assuring that Moscow remains ready to fulfill “in good faith” all its “contractual obligations” for the supply of agricultural products, fertilizers and other critical products.
In connection with the war in Ukraine, dozens of tons of wheat are locked up in this country with no possibility of export. Much of the international powers have accused Russia of being behind the affair, which Moscow has repeatedly denied and even blamed on Ukraine.