Last week, Kyiv, Moscow, the United Nations and Turkey signed an agreement to unblock exports from Ukrainian ports.
Washington and Kyiv are working on a ‘Plan B’ for Ukrainian grain exports after the Russian attack on the port city of Odessa, said Samantha Power, administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
“Plan B includes road and rail and river and sending barges and adjusting the rail system to better connect with people in Europe so that exports can move more quickly”. Power, who was the US ambassador to the United Nations between 2013 and 2017, told CNN on Monday.
“We’re doing contingency planning because there’s no way you can count on anything [Russia’s President] Vladimir Putin says, he insisted, citing the Russian attack on Odessa on Saturday.
Despite saying that ‘Plan B’ is safer, the USAID chief admitted that it actually is. “No Alternative” Kyiv’s grain is being shipped by sea, which is “The best possible way.”
Russia attacked Odesa, a major commercial hub in southwest Ukraine, a day after the United Nations and Turkey brokered a deal between Moscow and Kyiv to unblock grain exports.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky insisted the attack was “barbaric”. “Russian Caliber Missiles End Chances of Rhetoric” on the need for negotiations and any agreement with Moscow.
However, the Russian military insisted that its missiles destroyed a Ukrainian warship and a warehouse of Harpoon anti-ship missiles, while also destroying a ship repair yard. It said no urban infrastructure was affected.
On Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also rejected Kyiv’s claims that Russia had targeted grain silos at the port.
Strike on Odessa “There was nothing to do with the infrastructure used to fulfill contracts and export grain,” he said. Peskov insisted. “Therefore, it cannot and should not affect the initiation of the shipment process in any way.”
Ukraine deal will help Russian exports – UN
The breakthrough deal, which was reached in Istanbul on Friday, is believed to be a way to avoid a global food crisis. In addition to setting a framework for the resumption of Ukrainian grain shipments through Black Sea ports, it includes a memorandum for UN involvement in lifting international sanctions on the export of Russian food products and fertilizers to world markets. is also included.
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